Medicare Safety Net Thresholds from 1 January 2015

Page last updated: 07 January 2015

Further Information

The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) provides an additional Medicare benefit once an annual threshold in out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital services has been reached. Out-of-hospital services include GP and specialist attendances, as well as many pathology and diagnostic imaging services.

The thresholds for the Original and Extended Medicare Safety Nets in 2015 are:

Safety NetConcessional individuals and families*All other individuals and families
Original Medicare Safety Net$440.80$440.80
Extended Medicare Safety Net$638.40$2,000
* Commonwealth Concession cardholders and families who receive Family Tax Benefit (Part A)

Information on the Extended Medicare Safety Net is available in the Extended Medicare Safety Net Fact Sheet on this website.

Further informationon the Medicare Safety Nets is available on the Department of Human Services website or you can contact the Department of Human Services – Medicare:

Phone: 132 011 (local call rate) 24 hours 7 days a week.