18.104.22.168 Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) - Description
Purpose of CSHC
The main purpose of the CSHC is to assist self-funded retirees of age pension qualification age with certain living costs by providing access to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescription items and certain Medicare services at a cheaper rate and payment of ES if qualified (22.214.171.124).
Who receives a CSHC
The CSHC is targeted at older Australians of age pension qualification age who meet certain eligibility criteria. To qualify for a CSHC, a person must:
- not be receiving an income support payment from Centrelink or the DVA, and
- be an Australian resident, and
- meet an income test. A person's adjusted taxable income is shown in 126.96.36.199.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061ZG(1) Qualification rules, section 1071 Seniors Health Card Income Test Calculator