The Health Care Card comes from the Department of Human Services. People who have this card can pay less for some medicine, some healthcare costs (like doctor’s appointments), public transport and some other things. If you get some types of payment from Centrelink, you will be given a Health Care Card without having to do anything extra.
There are some other reasons you might be able to get a Health Care Card. For example, you might be able to get a Health Care Card if you don’t make very much money. This is called a Low Income Health Care Card. How much money you can make while still getting a Low Income Health Care Card depends on a few things. This includes whether you have a partner or children.
If you think you could get a Low Income Health Care Card, you need to apply. This means you will need to fill out a form. Somebody can help you do this if you want.
You have rights which should be respected when you are dealing with Centrelink. If you disagree with a decision Centrelink makes about you and the Health Care Card, there are things you can do. There are also things you can do if your have been treated badly by Centrelink. For help and information, you can contact Social Security Rights Victoria.