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Tax time can be confusing enough without throwing health insurance into the mix. Below is a simple guide to help you understand if you could benefit financially from having Hospital cover.
Who may face extra tax or be affected by government initiatives?
The Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives to encourage people to take out private Hospital cover in order to reduce the pressure on the public health system. If you fall into one of the categories below, having CUA Health Hospital Cover may benefit your finances as well as your health. As well as saving on tax, the benefits of health insurance include:
- Shorter wait times
- Greater control of who treats you and where
- Peace of mind you will be covered
If you earn more than $90,000 a year as a single or $180,000 as a couple/family/single parent
If you don’t have private hospital cover, you may have to pay the ‘Medicare Levy Surcharge’ of an additional 1% to 1.5% of your income.
This is on top of the mandatory 2% you already pay as the ‘Medicare Levy’ (unless you’re one of the few exempt).
If you’re over 31 years old
‘Lifetime Health Cover’ is a government initiative designed to encourage people to take out private hospital insurance earlier in life and maintain it.
People who delay taking out cover will pay a 2% loading on top of their premium for every year they’re aged over 30 when they first take out private hospital cover.
If you have Private Hospital Cover
The Australian Government offers a rebate to help cover your premium. Rebates are calculated based on your income and age.
What's the difference between:
The ‘Medicare Levy’ and ‘Medicare Levy Surcharge’? Show content
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How could I benefit financially from having health insurance?
If you do fall into the categories of being a high-income earner or over the age of 31, take a look at the following examples to get an understanding of how you could be affected.
Don’t pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge
If you are single and earn $110,000p.a. and don’t have private hospital cover, you’ll be paying an additional $1,375 towards Medicare each year.
Should you fall sick or get injured, you’ll still be treated exactly the same in public hospitals.
Don’t pay Lifetime Health Cover loading
The loading is an additional 2% on the cost of your premium for every year you do not have private hospital cover after the age of 30 (capped at 70%).
If you took out hospital cover for the first time at the age of 40, you will pay 20% more for your hospital cover than someone who took it out at the age of 30. You’ll have to continue paying the 20% more for 10 years before the loading is removed.
Get the Private Health Insurance Rebate
Depending on your age and income you could get a government rebate towards your private hospital and Extras cover.
Get a quote for CUA Health Hospital and Extras Cover and the rebate will be factored into your premium based on your circumstances.
What cover do I need to not pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge? Show content
What cover is right for me?
It really depends on you and your family. With all CUA Health Hospital cover options, you’ll remain fully eligible for the Medicare Levy Surcharge exemption, but the benefits of health insurance are more than just the tax saving should you ever get sick or injured.
Have a think about your medical history, your current health and anything that may affect you in the future. Are you likely to need to go into hospital in the near future? And if something was to happen to you, how much of a co-payment or excess could you afford to pay? Then think about Extras and whether you need cover for things like optical, physio or dental.