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Budget 2009: Extended Medicare Safety Net report.

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Minister for Health and Ageing

12 May 2009

Extended Medicare Safety Net Report

A report on the operation, effectiveness and implications of the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) was tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

The report is a review by independent academic institution, the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology, Sydney, which examined the EMSN as required under the Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare) Act 2004.

In 2009, the annual threshold for concession cardholders and people who receive Family Tax Benefits is $555.70. For all other singles and families the annual threshold is $1,111.60. Once the relevant annual threshold has been met, Medicare will pay for 80 per cent of any future out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital services for the remainder of the calendar year.

A copy of the report can be accessed from

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