Disability Pensioners not Covered by the NDIS
Forgive if I'm wrong but it appears just about every section of our community is covered on this site. But I belong to a group of Australian citizens who will never be able to work again due to having a permanent disability, and I'm under the age of retirement.
Although we receive all or a high percentage of Federal Government support, for example the Health Care Card, private health services see us very differently. As an example an Age Pensioner friend attends the same doctors' clinic as myself, they always receive a discounted Age Pensioner charge, whereas I will be charged the full fee despite having a Health Care Card and never being able to work again.
I've always fitted the criteria required for the NDIS, and rang the NDIS as requested by an advert in our local paper six months prior to the service coming to our area. I rang when the service began in our area, stating that I had contacted the NDIS six months prior to the service coming to our area. I had passed the criteria for the NDIS and had been informed to contact them now regarding getting my application/paperwork sorted out. Instead of having a helpful caring person on the other end of the phone I had a very rude uncaring person who told me flat out I didn't qualify for it. I rang again not long after and still got a rude unhelpful person. I've checked the criteria several times since, and still by the NDIS website criteria I qualify.
So if there is no section that covers our group of people living in our communities across Australia it would be of great assistance to us all to have a section to represent us, along with all the information that would assist our daily lives.
Thank you for giving me the space to air my views and the concerns for those of us living with permanent disabilities and being under the age of 65.