18.104.22.168 HCC Benefits
Concessions for HCC holders
HCC holders (and in some instances their dependants (1.1.D.65)) may receive:
- medicines listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at the concessional rate,
- bulk-billed GP appointments, at the discretion of the GP (the Australian Government provides financial incentives for GPs to bulk-bill concession cardholders), and
- a reduction in the cost of out-of-hospital medical expenses, above a concessional threshold, through access to the lower threshold of the Extended Medicare Safety Net.
SA recipients can also receive certain subsidised Australian Government hearing services.
In certain circumstances, some state or territory and local governments and private providers may offer additional health, household, transport, and education and recreation concessions. However these providers offer these concessions at their own discretion, and their availability may vary from state to state.
Duration of HCC
Refer to the table in 22.214.171.124 for the period of HCC issue for the various categories of cardholders.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061ZK Qualification: general rules, section 1061ZM Qualification for HCCs: employment-affected person, section 1061ZO Qualification
The EMEP is an annual payment available to people or their carers who are covered by an eligible concession card, and use essential medical equipment or additional heating/cooling to manage their disability or medical condition in their home.
The EMEP provides assistance to meet the additional costs of running essential medical equipment and medically required heating or cooling that will arise from the introduction of a carbon pricing scheme.
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.15.4 EMEP - Qualification & Payability.