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Medicare Levy Surcharge Calculator

If your annual income* is over $90,000 as a single (or $180,000 as a single parent/couple/family) and you or any of your dependants* don’t have an appropriate level of hospital cover, you may need to pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge. That said, there is a way to not pay this extra tax, and that’s by taking out hospital cover for you and all of your dependants*. Use our Medicare Levy Surcharge Estimator. *’income’ and ‘dependants’ for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes.

Medicare Levy Surcharge Calculator

How much extra tax could you pay without hospital cover?

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This calculation is a guide only. For a more detailed quote of what you might pay we recommend speaking to a financial advisor who will be able to take into account your income and personal situation.

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^Tasmania and Queensland have State schemes that cover ambulance services for residents of those States.

*‘income’ for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes. Learn more

What is the Medicare Levy?

Currently, everyone chips into the Australian public healthcare system, Medicare. Most taxpayers contribute 2% of their taxable income, unless they earn under a certain amount, in which case they don’t need to pay anything at all. This is referred to as the Medicare Levy.

In addition to the Medicare Levy, some taxpayers also need to pay a Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS), a government scheme designed to help take the burden off the public system.

When does the Medicare Levy Surcharge apply?

The Medicare Levy Surcharge applies if your annual income* is over $90,000 as a single (or $180,000 as a couple/family) and you don't hold an appropriate level of hospital cover. It starts at 1% and increases (up to 1.5%) with income growth. The family income threshold is increased by $1,500 for each MLS dependent child after the first child.

However, if you take out Medibank hospital cover and hold it for the full tax year, you can avoid paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge completely. Plus you can enjoy knowing that your health is in good hands.

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*‘income’ for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes. Learn more

What about Lifetime Health Cover Loading (LHC)?

Once you turn 30, a 2% loading is added to your hospital cover premium for every year you’re without hospital cover. This is called the Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) loading.

You can avoid this loading by taking out and maintaining hospital cover before July 1st following your 31st birthday (this is known as your base day).

For example, if you take out hospital cover at 35, your LHC loading will be 10% of the base premium.

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