Health card holders

Health concession card holders include:

  • Health care card holders
  • Pensioner concession card holders
  • Seniors health card holders

 

Table 13: Health card holders 2013

 

Health care card holders

Pensioner concession card holders

Seniors Health Card holders

All health card holders

Compared with Major cities

 

Percent of population

 

Ratio

MC

7

18

9

23

1.00

IR

9

27

8

31

1.33

OR

8

25

9

29

1.24

R

7

18

9

22

0.95

VR

13

16

6

25

1.10

Outside MCs

np

np

np

29

1.28

Source: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/phidu/maps-data/data/#

Based on data from the Department of Social Services, June 2013; and ABS Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2013.
Percentage all health card holders derived by NRHA based on PHIDU data.

Notes: Percent of population holding each card type will not add to the total for all health card holders. Percentages in the table are crude and not age standardised.

From the Table above:
While 23% of people living in Major cities carry some sort of health card, 29% of people living outside Major cities carry some sort of health card. Card holders are almost 30% more prevalent in rural/remote areas compared with Major cities.

This higher prevalence is particularly evident in regional areas (30%), compared with remote areas (about 23% -the same as in major cities).

These data are not age-standardised. Higher prevalence of people carrying some sort of health card in regional areas probably reflects (to some extent), higher prevalence of aged in regional areas. The converse relates to remote areas –proportionally fewer older people moderates the number with a pensioner concession cards,  but here substantial numbers of people on lower incomes and consequently there are proportionally more health card holders.

People eligible for a Health care card (HCC) issued by Centrelink are those aged 0 to 64 years who do not hold a Pensioner Concession Card and receive one of the following Centrelink payments: Carer Allowance; Carer Payment (child) (short term or episodic); Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment; Family Tax Benefit A (maximum rate only); Mobility Allowance (if not receiving a Disability Support Pension); Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment (partnered); Partner Allowance; Special benefit; Widow Allowance; and Youth Allowance (job seekers only). People may also be eligible for a HCC if they are a foster carer; ex-holder of a Carer Allowance (child) Health Care Card; or are a low income earner.

People eligible for a Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink comprise people aged 15 years and over who receive one of the following Centrelink payments: Age Pension; Bereavement Allowance; Carer Payment (adult); Carer Payment (child); Disability Support Pension; Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance (job seeker) if single and caring for a dependent child; and Parenting Payment (single). People aged over 60 years may receive a Pensioner concession card if they have been receiving income support payments for more than nine months and receive: Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment (partnered); Partner Allowance; Sickness Allowance; Special Benefit; and Widow Allowance. People may also be eligible for a Pensioner Concession Card if they have a partial capacity to work and are receiving any of the following payments: Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment (partnered); and Youth Allowance (job seeker).

The Seniors Health Card gives older Australians access to cheaper prescription medicines, Australian government funded medical services, and other government concessions. People eligible for a Seniors Health Card must have reached Age Pension age (65 years) but do not qualify for a payment by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Source: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/concession-and-health-care-cards

Information on health card holders is also available by socioeconomic status:
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0Main+Features30Mar+2010