I have private health cover, is there any rebate for the purchase of an oxygen concentrator or mobility equipment?
REBATES FOR MEDICAL DEVICES – a selection of the larger Australian private health funds.
|COMPANY||Phone no||Website Address||P=Partial Rebate X=NA
|Australian Unity Health Ltd||13 29 39||http://www.australianunity.com.au||×|
|BUPA Australia Ltd||134 135||http://www.bupa.com.au||P|
|CUA Health Ltd||133 282||http://www.cuahealth.com.au||×|
|GMF Health||1300 653 099||http://www.gmfhealth.com.au||P|
|GMHBA Ltd||1300 446 422||http://www.gmhba.com.au||×|
|HBF Health Ltd||133 423||http://www.hbf.com.au||×|
|HCF||13 13 34||http://www.hcf.com.au||P|
|HIF Ltd||1300 134 060||http://www.hif.com.au||P|
|Health Partners||1300 113 113||http://www.healthpartners.com.au||×|
|Medibank Private Ltd||1300 731 744134 190||http://www.medibank.com.au||×|
|NIB Health Funds Ltd||13 16 42||http://www.nib.com.au||×|
|Peoplecare Health Insurance||1800 808 690||http://www.peoplecare.com.au||P|
|Queensland Country Health Fund||1800 813 415||http://qldcountryhealth.com.au||P|
|Westfund Ltd||1300 937 838||http://www.westfund.com.au||×|
O2 – Oxygen Concentrator,
Australia has 36 private health funds registered under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007. The above funds have been chosen as they are the larger funds. The information has been gleaned from either a direct call to the company or by visiting their website. In many cases the information is not always apparent. As a general guide please always contact your health fund. A rebate may be possible if you ask the specific question of your fund. Rebates on medical devices and mobility aids are linked to your type and level of cover as well as in some cases with your years with the fund. Some rebates form part of the hospital package, but most often they are included under the extras component.
There are a wide variety of benefits provided by the different private health funds, with some offering ‘Wellness’ or ‘Health Support’ programs where you may be able to access specific training in areas such as managing COPD.
A number of funds will provide some assistance with the purchase of an oxygen concentrator. No health fund appears to provide a rebate on any electric mobility aids for example a mobility scooter or an electric powerchair.
Most commonly there is some rebate for the purchase or hire of a wheelchair and in many cases a walking frame.
Please call your health fund to discuss your specific situation.
The information contained in this article aims to assist the public to be better informed. No content should be taken as final and members of the public should always contact their health fund directly to obtain full and up-to-date information. 29 August 2014