Written by Joshua Malin
Reviewed by Lana Hambilton
Last updated 09/02/2024
How do I calculate my rebate entitlement?
The private health insurance rebate applies as a percentage of your extras, hospital cover or combined policy premiums. However, the rebate doesn’t apply to overseas visitor health cover.
The rebate is income tested, meaning those with a lower income are entitled to a higher rebate. These tiers are current from January 2024:
Single parents and couples are included in the family tiers. The income thresholds for families with dependent children are increased by $1,500 for each child after the first.
For more details, refer to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website or call us to speak to one of our health insurance experts.
Australian private health insurance rebate options
Assuming you meet the eligibility requirements, you can claim the Australian private health insurance rebate in one of two ways.
Opt for a reduced premium
Ask your health insurer (usually when signing up) to apply your rebate as a premium reduction on your policy, if possible.
Before your insurer can do this, you’ll need to notify them of the rebate level you fall under so you can receive the correct rebate.
The annual discount on your premiums will be equal to what you would have received if you claimed your rebate at tax time. Plus, it’s one less box to tick when you file your tax return.
When choosing this option, make sure you inform your health fund if your taxable income changes, so you don’t incur any tax liabilities.
Receive the rebate as a tax offset
Claiming the private health insurance rebate is relatively straightforward if you opt to claim it as a lump sum through your annual tax return. Your insurer will provide you with a statement at the end of each financial year to help you apply for the correct rebate.
Ensure you complete your tax return and enter your private health insurance details correctly to avoid delays in receiving the rebate.
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