What is a Health Care Card?
A Health Care Card entitles you to receive certain discounts and services. In NSW this includes:
- Reduced pharmaceuticals
- Free ambulance cover
- Access to free dental care
- Free prescription lenses and frames
- Discounts to most alternative medical practices
Who is eligible for a Health Care Card?
Anyone who is on Newstart or a pension from Centrelink is eligible to get a Health Care Card.
As a student you may also be eligible if you are a “low income earner”. This means about $537 per week over an 8 week period. (January 2017).
To claim call 132 490 or:
For an application form go to: www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/forms/ss050.htm
Information and figures current at March 1, 2017. (HCC_16.2.17)
Important Notice and Disclaimer:
This information does not constitute legal advice. Check with a caseworker for the most up-to-date information. Do not accept verbal advice by itself from any source including Centrelink. Get a decision in writing. Without this subsequent appeals or backdating are at risk.