Australians may be missing out on medical rebates by not registering for the Medicare Safety Net.

Couples and families are being urged to register for the Medicare Safety Net or risk losing out on hundreds of dollars a year in medical rebates, shares Health Times.

Individuals are automatically registered for the safety net but couples and families aren’t.

“It is as simple as picking up the phone and calling Medicare, or you can even update your details online through our websites and apps,” federal Human Services Minister Michael Keenan said in a statement on Monday.

When out of pocket medical expenses reach an annual threshold, the safety net provides a higher Medicare rebate each time Australians visit the doctor before the end of the calendar year.

For concession cardholders and families on family tax benefit part A, the threshold is $668.10.

The threshold is $2093.30 for other Medicare cardholders.

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  • I never knew you have to register for it and thought it only applied to medications unless you had reason to have a special medical plan set up by your GP or a Specialist


  • I’ve looked into this, I am recieving what I am entitled to.


  • Shouldn’t letters have been sent out, letting people know about this? If it wasn’t for MoMs, I would never have heard of this


  • I’ll have to double check I am not missing out on any entitlements. Health is so important yet can be quite expensive.


  • I didn’t realise families weren’t automatically registered. Good to know.


  • I’d be happy if the dental benefit scheme paid out what it was meant to without needing to fight with medicare about it.


  • Usually it is very hard to get to that limit the only time I ever got there was when I was pregnant with my boys and then it happened a the end of the year and never really benefited from it.


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