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HEALTH INSURANCE ACT 1973 - SECT 8

Interpretation

          (1A)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

"benefit" means a Medicare benefit.

"concessional person" : a person is a concessional person in relation to a year at all times after the first time in that year that the person is a concessional beneficiary for the purposes of Part VII of the National Health Act 1953 (which deals with pharmaceutical benefits).

"concessional safety-net amount" means $500.

Note:          The concessional safety-net amount is indexed under section 10A.

"extended general safety-net amount" means $2,000.

Note:          The extended general safety-net amount is indexed under section 10A.

"FTB(A) family" : a registered family is an FTB(A) family in relation to a year (the safety-net year ) at all times:

                     (a)  after the first time in the safety-net year that a member of the family receives a payment of an instalment of family tax benefit under section 23 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 that has a Part A rate that is greater than nil; or

                     (b)  after a member of the family receives a payment of family tax benefit under section 24 of the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 that has a Part A rate that is greater than nil and that is in respect of the last income year (within the meaning of that Act) ending before the start of the safety-net year; or

                     (c)  if a determination for the purposes of this paragraph is in force under section 8A--after the time specified in, or worked out in accordance with, the determination.

Note:          The Part A rate is calculated under Schedule 1 to the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999 .

"FTB(A) safety-net amount" means $500.

Note:          The FTB(A) safety-net amount is indexed under section 10A.

"patient contribution" , in relation to a claim for benefit in respect of a service, means an amount equal to the difference between:

                     (a)  the Schedule fee or, if the medical expenses in respect of the service are less than that fee, those expenses; and

                     (b)  the amount of benefit that, apart from section 10AC, 10ACA, 10AD or 10ADA (whichever is appropriate), would be payable in respect of the service.

"registered family" means a family registered under section 10AA.

"safety-net amount" means $246.

Note:          The safety-net amount is indexed under section 10A.

"Schedule fee" , in relation to a service, means the fee specified in the table in respect of the service.

"service" means a professional service.

             (1)  For the purposes of this Part, an internal Territory shall be deemed to form part of the State of New South Wales.

             (2)  For the purposes of this Part, Norfolk Island is taken to form part of the State of New South Wales.



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