Private health insurance and taxes

Find out whether private health insurance could help you get a tax rebate.


Earn over 90k?

What does the Medicare Levy Surcharge do?

If you don't have hospital cover you'll pay:

  • 1% for singles earning over $90,000 ($180,000 for families)
  • 1.25% for singles earning over $105,001 ($210,001 for families)
  • 1.5% for singles earning over $140,000 ($280,001 for families)

How do I avoid it?

To avoid the MLS your policy must:

  • Be an appropriate level of hospital cover
  • Be provided by a registered Australian health fund
  • Have an excess of $500 or less for singles and $1,000 or less for all other policies

How is it calculated?

The MLS takes into consideration:

  • Your taxable income
  • Your total reportable fringe benefits
  • Any amounts on which family trust distribution tax has been paid

Final points to keep in mind

Remember that:

  • Extras cover does not exempt you from the MLS.
  • Income thresholds for families increase by $1,500 per child after the first child
  • The higher your excess, the lower your premiums

Medicare Levy Surcharge

Salary: $90,001 - $105,000
Surcharge: 1%
Cost in tax: $900-$1050

What you can get from your money

Cheaper than surcharge

ahm White Starter

$822.05

  • Emergency Ambulances
  • Accident

Get cover

Same as surcharge

ahm black + white starter

$953.15

  • Emergency Ambulances
  • Accident
  • $550 flexi extras limit

Get cover

A bit more

black + white boost flexi

$1,399

  • Emergency Ambulances
  • Accident
  • No gap dental
  • Joint reconstructions
  • $800 flexi limit
  • $200 optical limit

Get cover

Turned 31 this year?

What does the Lifetime Health Cover Loading do?

  • Adds 2% to the cost of your health insurance premium for every year that you don't have hospital cover once you turn 31
  • Caps at a maximum increase of 70%
  • Stays in effect until you hold hospital cover for 10 consecutive years

How do I avoid it?

  • Take out an appropriate level of hospital cover
  • The policy must be provided by a registered Australian health fund

How long do I have after I turn 31 to take out cover?

Are there any special exemptions?

  • Australians who were born on or before 1 July 1934
  • Serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Gold Card holders
  • Learn more about LHC exemptions and special conditions

Private health insurance rebate

Why was the Private health insurance rebate introduced?

  • To make private health insurance more accessible to Australians.

What's the eligibility criteria for the rebate?

  • You must fall under the age and income thresholds
  • You must be a green or blue Medicare cardholder
  • You can still claim the rebate with extras only cover

How do I claim the rebate?

  • Through tax when you fill out your annual return
  • Or as a premium reduction when you take out health insurance

Private health insurance rebate levels

Thresholds≤$90,000$90,001-105,000$105,001-140,000
< Age 65
25.415%16.943%8.471%
Age 65-69
29.651%21.180%12.707%
Age 70+
33.887%25.415%16.943%
Thresholds≤$180,000$180,001-210,000$210,001-280,000
< Age 65
25.415%16.943%8.471%
Age 65-69
29.651%21.180%12.707%
Age 70+
33.887%25.415%16.943%
Data source: PrivateHealth.gov.au | Applicable from April 1 2018 to 31 March 2019.

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