Concession card discrimination
In response to our story on partner eligibility on pensioner concession cards, we recived an interseting response from one of our members:
Re your article on the 58 year old wife of a Concession card holder being eligible to have her name on his card for pharmacy concessions.
I receive my old age pension through DVA as I am ex-serviceman with DVA claims. My wife is 63, not working and her name is on my concession card. However, when we get prescriptions for her from a pharmacy, we have to pay full PBS price, not the pension rate. I’m told she isn’t eligible until she gets her own card at 66, she doesn’t work.
I know of other couples where the wife works full time and is younger than my wife (and the couples are far more financial than us) and the wife gets her scripts at pension rates.
Please note that my pension IS NOT a military pension it’s old age pension.
I have broached the subject with DVA and they say Medicare is the stumbling block. How unfair is this? One rule for others, another for me.
What do you think? Does this double standard seem unfair?