What is Medicare?
Medicare provides access to medical and hospital services for all Australian residents and certain categories of visitors to Australia. They administer Medicare and pay Medicare benefits on behalf of the Department of Health, that is responsible for developing Medicare policy.

What does it cover?

Free or subsidized treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, Optometrists, dentists and other allied health practitioners. You will be able to benefit from their free treatment and accommodation for public Medicare patients in a public hospital. Up to 75% of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures if you are a private patient in a public or private hospital. This does not include hospital accommodation and items such as theater fees and medicine. They only pay the Medicare benefits in accordance with the legislation governing Medicare and not outside of this legislation.

All cosmetic surgeons in Australia are registered with the Australia Society of Plastic Surgeons are recognized by Medicare. to receive Medicare rebate, individuals must ensure they receive a referral latter from their general practitioner to attend the specialist. Medicare will only provide a rebate to patients who were referred to the specialist by a general practitioner. In addition, individuals should be aware that cosmetic surgery is only covered by Medicare when it is medically indicated (that is when it is necessary for health and not only cosmetic reasons).

Some procedures are considered to benefit a medical condition and will correspond with Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item number. This item number is listed on your surgical receipt and allows patients to claim a rebate for the surgeon's fees,anesthetist fees, approved implants/prostheses and some assistant fees. If you have private health insurance, and your procedure has an MBS item number, patients may be able to claim a further rebate. You will need to check your level of cover with your private health insurer.

Your rebate can only be claimed after surgery. The difference between your initial fees and any rebates received are called out of pocket expense. There is no limit the the amount you can claim. You can claim a tax offset of 20% for medical expenses over $1500, minus any rebates received from Medicare and private health insurance.

For more information, please call your financial adviser or the Australian Taxation office.

Here are some of the items where rebate is considered

*Bilateral Breast Reduction (item no. 45520)- Medicare Rebate is $675.35

*Tabular Breast Reconstruction (item no. 45559)- Medicare Rebate is $852.60

*Abdominosplasty (item no. 30177)- Medicare rebate is $739

* Breast Augmentation - No rebate available.

All rebate prices are set to change at any given time, you would be best talking with your surgeon when you have your consultation to what you would be eligible if your're entitled to nay.

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