Are Medicare rebates classed as income?
YOURLifeChoices member David is sure he has read somewhere that Medicare rebates will now be paid electronically and he is concerned about how Centrelink will assess this money in his bank account.
I have seen it reported that shortly all Medicare refunds will be processed electronically, directly into our bank account. Will those deposits be classed as income for Centrelink purposes? We are on a part Age Pension and any deposit at all affect the amount of pension which we get. Will I have to be on the ball and withdraw those deposits?
A. Provided by Human Services (Centrelink)
Medicare rebates paid directly into bank accounts will not be classed as income by Centrelink. The only change to Medicare rebates is the way in which they are paid. Medicare will continue to assist with health care costs.
To find out more about the changes to Medicare rebate payments, read Medicare payments go electronic.
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