Here’s all you need to know for tax time FY23-24: End of Financial Year

Frequently asked questions

Find information on your cover, payments, claiming and managing your membership.

My cover

If you know what changes you’d like to make to your cover, you can make these changes in the member area. However, we recommend contacting GMHBA to assist with a cover review to ensure you have the right cover for your needs.

Any changes you make to your cover in the member area may take up to 3 business days to be processed.

GMHBA’s Going to Hospital Guide will help you understand what to expect from specialists, how to avoid unexpected out of pockets if you go to hospital and the right questions to ask about your care.

You can register or confirm a child as a student dependant if they’re completing an apprenticeship, traineeship or studying full time, are single and aged under 25. Once they turn 21, you’ll need to confirm they are still studying by completing a student declaration before 1 April each year.

You can add or remove a person to your membership in the member area at any time, or by contacting GMHBA. Please note: If changing between a single, couple, single parent or family cover, a change in premium will also occur.

Waiting periods, Lifetime Health Cover loading (LHC) and pre-existing conditions may also apply to the new member. Contact us for more information.

Your tax information is sent to the ATO in early July to populate as pre-fill in your tax return, so you no longer need a statement. If you do want a copy, it will be available to download in your member area by late-July. Find out more about your health insurance and tax time in our end of financial year information

The Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) is an additional tax which Australians need to pay if they are without private health insurance hospital cover and have an annual taxable income over the thresholds set by the Australian government. You can avoid the MLS by keeping your hospital cover or adding a hospital cover to your policy. You’ll only be exempt from the MLS for the period of the financial year of which you held an appropriate level of hospital cover.

For more information about the Australian Government Rebate or the Medicare Levy Surcharge you can:

  • Read more about MLS
  • Visit ato.gov.au/privatehealthinsurance
  • Visit health.gov.au/privatehealth
  • Call GMHBA on 1300 382 151, or
  • Consult a tax professional.

The Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading is a Government loading on your private hospital cover premiums. The LHC loading is 2% for every year you don't have hospital cover after you turn 30.

If you joined a hospital cover before this date you are assigned a CAE of 30 and you will pay the base rate (the lowest premium) for your hospital cover.

Where can I get more information about LHC?

Payments

You can update your direct debit details or make a one off payment by logging into the member area.

You can change your banking details or the frequency of your payments by re-entering your banking details in the member area and then selecting your payment frequency.

Alternatively, you can contact us and we can make the updates on your behalf.

You can check your standard payment amount in the member area under ‘View my cover’, however if you have made recent changes to your cover your next payment may differ and we recommend contacting GMHBA for further information.

You can make a secure one off payment to bring your membership up to date if you have missed a payment in the member area. If you are having difficulties making payments, or are unsure of your next payment, contact GMHBA on 1300 446 422 for further information and assistance.

Claims

There are a number of ways you can claim your extras benefits. 

On the spot – Most claims can be processed when you have your appointment. Swipe your GMHBA membership card when paying for your appointment and GMHBA pays the provider directly, so you just have to pay the difference. Please note, some providers may not have this facility.

Use the GMHBA app Take a photo of your receipt and upload in the app to make a claim. To download visit the App Store or Google Play.

In the member area – Log in to your secure online member area to easily make a claim. This is the fastest way to receive your benefits if you need to manually claim. Benefits will be put directly into your nominated bank account.

In a branch – Visit your local branch to make a claim.

By post – Complete a claim form and submit by post.

Please note GMHBA members have two years from the date of service to submit a claim.

Annual limits are based on a calendar year and reset 1 January.

Depending on your level of cover and state or territory you may be eligible for benefits towards an ambulance cover subscription. This can be claimed in the member area. To make a claim on emergency ambulance transportation, submit your invoice manually with a GMHBA claim form to service@gmhba.com.au.

Membership

You can change your email address and review what we send you by email in the online member area or by contacting GMHBA.

You can request a new card at any time in the member area. The card will be posted to the address linked to your membership and you will receive dispatch information via SMS. Please note that card delivery is subject to Australia Post delivery timeframes.

You can still claim benefits while you wait for your card. Simply pay at time of service and claim your benefits afterwards.

In addition to important information about your policy, you can select what type of information GMHBA emails you in the communications subscriptions tab in member area or by contacting GMHBA.

If you received information by email in the past but now it comes by post, check your email address is correct in the member area or by contacting us. You can check how you receive information in the contact preference centre.