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Monday, 21 May 2012
Page: 4675

Centrelink

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of an Australian mother with the dependent child (Centrelink ref no. 306-170-987L), draws to the attention of the house; his dilemma of being denied his entitlement to access the concessional medicines of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme during the process of his mother being transferred from a parenting pension to another eligible benefit after he turned 16.

Centrelink Correspondence/March 6 2012/Reference: 301 762 845J

Your Parenting Payment has been cancelled.

This decision has been made because you do not have a dependent child under 16 living with you. I now have a dependent child 16 living with me.

Your Pensioner Concession Card is valid until 2 ApriI2012.

Please destroy this card.

An electronic check will show that you are no longer entitled to the concessional rate of Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme medicines.

{for the following days 2012, April 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, on the 16th finally a Confirmation of Concession Card entitlement was issued to his parent representative.

I wonder if you realise the "Reality Gap" in this current policy.

For my son it was13 Days of being denied his entitlement to access the concessional medicines of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme.

I therefore ask the House to re-examine the transition processes of this statue, and perhaps implement a policy covering the subject matter which prevents dependent children from being denied their entitlement to access the concessional medicines of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme. Their lives may depend on it.

from 1 citizen