Thrive with your Health Care Card
26 June 2020
When you get a student payment, you’ll also get a Health Care Card to help with discounted expenses like medicines.
Sometimes it’s hard to afford a visit to the doctor as a student. With your Health Care Card you may be eligible for some discounts.
Who can get a card
You don’t need to apply for a Health Care Card. You’ll get your card when you get approved for one of these student payments:
We’ll send you a paper card, and you’ll get a digital copy too. So if you forget your paper card, you can use the digital one on your smart phone instead. You’ll find it in the Digital Wallet part of your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
Your card is valid for 1 year unless you stop getting your payment. If you keep getting your payment you’ll be eligible for the card. We’ll send you a new card when the one you have expires.
What the benefits are
With your Health Care Card, you may be able to get:
- cheaper prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
- bulk billed doctors appointments
- more refunds for medical expenses through the Medicare Safety Net.
You may also be able to get discounts from state governments and local councils with your Health Care Card.
How to use and manage your card
You should take your card with you when you go to a doctor or pharmacy. To use the one in your Digital Wallet, download the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
You need to let us know about any change of circumstances within 14 days. For example, you need to tell us if any of the following happen:
- you change your study
- your income goes up
- you return to work
- you change address.
If you lose your card, you can ask for a replacement using your online account.
Save time by asking questions online through:
Remember, you shouldn’t share your personal details when you contact us in a public space like social media.
If you’re getting a student payment, you may also choose to get the Student Start-up Loan.
If you or your partner get income from JobKeeper payment, you must report it to us if you also get an income support payment.
Page last updated: 26 June 2020
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