Understanding the Medicare Levy Surcharge
The Medicare Levy Surcharge was introduced to encourage Australians in the higher income brackets who are eligible for Medicare, but do not have an appropriate level of private hospital cover to get private hospital insurance, reducing the demand on the public hospital system.
The MLS is calculated in addition to the standard Medicare Levy of 2%. It applies to a person and his or her dependents, including his or her spouse. A dependent is classified in this case as any children under 21 years of age, or any children who are full-time students and are under 25 years of age.
The MLS is paid on any period during which the person does not have hospital cover. Those who are exempt from the Medicare Levy do not need to pay the MLS.
Suspension of membership
If you apply to CBHS Corporate Health to suspend your hospital cover for a short period, and we agree, this period of suspension may affect your MLS liability.
Income thresholds and surcharge levels
If you need to pay the MLS, it will be included with the Medicare Levy on your notice of assessment from the Australian Tax Office.