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   Posted 8/19/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Once you're off Centrelink and have to start taking more responsibility for your medical paperwork & expenses, how do you organise things?

Do you have to keep all your receipts for prescriptions, scans etc for one year? Many years? I've heard some people say they can claim medical expenses back on tax...?

Do you have some sort of system for keeping track of it all, or do you just pay as you go and trust the safety net to catch you if you go over?


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   Posted 8/19/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
All of my Doctors and specialists and surgeons are private, unfortunately, and with an existing health condition I can't afford private health cover :(

I have also heard people talk of claiming medical expenses through tax but have never done it myself...

I just pay as I go, and have to hack it. It is tough, because I don't earn a lot, and I pay a lot of rent etc. When I pay out of pocket for a medical appointment, I go straight to medicare as soon as I can to calim what I can back.

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   Posted 8/20/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ivy and Pheobe,
I have a private health cover and claim that on tax so I always get all my tax back, also due to low income. But also my GP has me on a health plan cause I see so many docs for different auto immune diseases and due to that I am able to get certain medical services completely free without using my health fund. I just had my dentist covered and Im able to get 5 thousand dollars worth of dental work done through this scheme because of my medical costs being so high. Also Ivy I wouldnt trust the safety net to keep an eye on how much u have spent on medications cause I have been over before and they said its up to me to keep a tab on it and the best way Ive found is by going to the same chemist and when u think ur getting close to the safety net limit ask ur chemist for a print out of all ur meds and then u can hand it in to medicare for your free medications. Either that or keep a hold of all the stickers they give u for ur records :-)
Good Luck
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