Manifest medical rules
You may get Disability Support Pension (DSP) if you meet manifest medical rules.
We assess your condition and medical evidence according to social security law.
A condition will meet the manifest medical rules if any of the following apply:
- you are permanently blind
- you need nursing home level care
- you have a terminal illness with average life expectancy of less than 2 years
- you have an intellectual disability with an IQ of less than 70
- you have category 4 HIV/AIDS
- you get a Department of Veterans’ Affairs special rate disability pension (totally and permanently incapacitated).
You can read more about manifest grants for the purposes of DSP on the Department of Social Services website.
What it means if you meet the manifest medical rules
If you meet any of the manifest medical rules, you may be able to get DSP.
Keep in mind, you also need to meet the non-medical rules to get DSP.
What it means if you don’t meet the manifest medical rules
If you don’t meet these rules, you may still meet the general medical rules.
Page last updated: 15 July 2020
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