Medicare Safety Net Thresholds from 1 January 2018

Page last updated: 13 February 2018

DOC version of Medicare Safety Net Thresholds from 1 January 2018 (DOC 487 KB)
PDF version of Medicare Safety Net Thresholds from 1 January 2018 (PDF 197 KB)

The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) provides an additional Medicare benefit once an annual threshold in out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital services has been reached. Out-of-hospital services include GP and specialist attendances, as well as many pathology and diagnostic imaging services.

Safety NetConcessional individuals and families*All other individuals and families
Original Medicare Safety Net$461.30$461.30
Extended Medicare safety Net$668.10$2,093.30
*Commonwealth Concession cardholders and families who receive Family Tax Benefit (Part A)

OMSN and EMSN thresholds are indexed annually on 1 January in line with the CPI (September Quarter)

Further Information

Information on the Extended Medicare Safety Net is available in the Extended Medicare Safety Net Fact Sheet on this website.

Further information on the Medicare Safety Nets is available on the Department of Human Services website or you can contact the Department of Human Services – Medicare:

Phone: 132 011 (local call rate) 24 hours 7 days a week.

Email: medicare@humanservices.gov.au