Qualification for Medically Required Heating or Cooling (EMEP)


To qualify for EMEP in respect of medically required heating/cooling, the person with medical needs must meet the following criteria:

  • the person has a specified medical condition, AND
  • the person is unable to regulate his or her body temperature because of that medical condition and requires medical heating and/or cooling in their home, AND
  • the person uses additional heating and/or cooling in their home.

Note: In determining whether a person has an inability to regulate body temperature, for the purposes of EMEP, consideration should be given to whether a person would risk serious harm to his or her health without medically required heating and/or cooling.

The specified medical conditions are as follows:

  • spinal cord injury at or above the T7 level, OR
  • stroke, OR
  • brain injury, OR
  • a neurodegenerative disorder, OR
  • the muscular dystrophies, OR
  • full thickness burns covering more than 20% of the body surface area, OR
  • rare disorders of sweating including congenital absence or mal-development of sweat glands, OR
  • chronic erythrodermas.

Act reference: SSAct section 917B Qualification for the essential medical equipment payment, section 917C The medical needs requirement

Social Security (Essential Medical Equipment Payment - Medical Conditions) Specification 2012

Last reviewed: 1 July 2015