The Federal Government’s Medicare safety net is a good idea. Once people reach a certain threshold they are covered for 80 percent of out-of-pocket expenses.
This will help reduce the payments required for GP consultations, blood tests and x-rays.
The red tape is annoying though. First, we were required to register for the potential extra benefit. Why? Medicare already had our details. I registered online, which was painless enough, and I thought that was the end of it.
Today I opened a letter saying we’re close to being eligible for the benefit. However, to qualify I had to fill out another form and mail it to Medicare. The form simply asked me to confirm what I had already registered with them.
I guess some people won’t bother to register and some won’t bother to return the form. The savings for the government presumably offset the cost of printing these notices and mailing them out. Or am I just being cynical?