Notes on the data: Income support

Seniors Health Card holders, June 2020

 

Policy context:  The Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (SHC) entitls older Australians to access cheaper prescription medicines, Australian government funded medical services, and certain other concessions [1]. To qualify for the SHC, a person must have reached Age Pension age but not qualify for a payment from the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans' Affairs; meet an income test (from 20 September 2020, earning no more than the following: $55,808 a year for a single person; $89,920 a year for couples; and $111,616 a year for couples separated by illness, respite care or prison; and be an Australian resident or have a special category visa.

References

  1. Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS). Commonwealth Seniors Health Card [Internet] [cited 2018 Nov 16]. Available from: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/age-pension/eligibility
 

Notes:  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 but do not qualify for a payment by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Data cells with counts of less than five were suppressed (confidentialised). Therefore, the figures can be undercounted by up to 4 people if one of the cells at the SA2 level comprising a PHA or LGA is confidentialised. Data in the ‘Unknown’ data row in the Excel data workbooks are calculated from the difference between the sum of the PHA or LGA data to the State/Territory totals and include the sum of these suppressed cells.

The data excludes details of Pensioner Concession Card holders.

 

Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile and Remoteness Area

 

Numerator:  People in receipt of a Seniors Health Card from the Department of Human Services at June 2020

 

Denominator:  People aged 65 years and over at June 2020

 

Detail of analysis:  Per cent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the Department of Social Services, June 2020; and PHIDU estimated population, 30 June 2020

 

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