There are two Medicare systems provided to help you afford our private care more easily:
Medicare Safety Net and Medicare Online Claiming
Medicare Safety Net
If you need to see doctors or have tests regularly you could end up with high medical costs—the Medicare Safety Net is designed to help you when you need it most. It means that once you reach a safety net threshold, visits to your doctor or having tests may end up costing you less.
80% of out-of-pocket costs- the difference between the Medicare benefit and what your doctor charges you – is then rebated to you as well.
All families and couples need to register. Even if all your family members are listed on your Medicare card you still need to register for the safety net.
Each family member needs to be identified so their medical costs can be counted toward your family’s safety net.
You only need to register your family once.
Registering is free.
Individuals are automatically registered—just keep your contact details up-to-date with Medicare.
Individuals, families, and couples are all eligible for the same threshold amounts. If you register as a family or couple your medical costs are combined so that you are more likely to reach the thresholds sooner.
For more info go to Medicare Safety Net
Medicare Online Claiming
You can claim your Medicare benefit and have it paid into your bank account by us.
After you have paid for your private care, we can make an electronic claim for you. Medicare will process the claim as soon as possible and pay your Medicare benefit into the bank account you’ve registered with them, usually within 24 hours.
In other words, in effect, you are only paying the gap, the difference between our fee and the Medicare rebate.