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5. Concession Cards
Centrelink has several types of concession cards, which provide a range of benefits,
including help with the cost of medicines.
5.1 Health Care Card
5.1.1 Eligibility
You may be eligible for a Health Care Card if:
• You receive certain payments from Centrelink, or
• You have a low income, or
• You have a foster child in your care or you are an ex-Carer Allowance child.
5.2 Pensioner Concession Card
5.2.1 Eligibility
You can get a Pensioner Concession Card if you receive any of these payments:
• Age Pension
• Bereavement Allowance
• Carer Payment (adult)
• Carer Payment (child)
• Disability Support Pension
• Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance (job seeker) if you are single, caring for a
dependent child, and looking for work
• Parenting Payment (single)
5.2.2 Benefits
A Pensioner Concession Card entitles you to reduced cost medicines under the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
You may also be entitled to various concessions from the Australian Government—
these could include:
• bulk billing for doctor’s appointments (this is your doctor’s decision)
• more refunds for medical expenses through the Medicare Safety Net
• assistance with hearing services through the Office of Hearing Services
• discounted mail redirection through Australia Post
Note: You may get some of these Australian Government concessions for a
dependent child.