What is a youth discount and are you eligible?
Health insurers will have the option to offer discounts on hospital insurance for younger Australians (aged between 18 and 29) to help make health insurance more affordable.
Medibank will be including the Youth Discount on many of our hospital covers from 1 April 2019.
The discount you receive depends on your age when you first take out an eligible hospital cover and ranges from 10% (if you take out cover before the age of 26) to 2% (if you take out cover at the age of 29).
The discount is ongoing, which means if you keep your eligible hospital cover, your discount remains until you turn 41. From then, the discount will reduce by 2% per year until it reaches zero.
If you’re already a member, and your cover is eligible for a Youth Discount, the discount will be automatically applied to your policy based on your age on 1 April 2019; there’s nothing you need to do and we’ll let you know once the discount is applied.
|Age when you first purchase a hospital product which includes the youth discount||% discount that an insurer may offer|
|18 - 25 years old||10 %|
|26 years old||8 %|
|27 years old||6 %|
|28 years old||4 %|
|29 years old||2 %|
|30 years old||0 %|
Gemma is 28 years old and has hospital cover with Medibank. On 1 April 2019, because of Gemma’s age, a discount of 4% is applied to her hospital cover premium.
Gemma gets an email about the discount and it’s back to business as usual for her cover.
To be eligible you’ll have to have your own policy or a policy with your partner, you can’t be a dependant on your parents’ policy.
If you are on a couple or family policy, the discount is calculated by taking an average of the discount applied to the adults on the hospital cover. So, if one person has 10% discount and their partner has no discount, or 0%, the discount applied is 5% overall.
Frequently asked questions
If you transfer from another insurer on or after 1 April 2019 and you received the youth discount on your previous cover, Medibank will recognise that discount percentage on the eligible Medibank hospital cover. You just need to join Medibank within 2 months of leaving your previous insurer. Medibank will need a transfer certificate from the other insurer to confirm this.
We’re only permitted to apply a discount from 1 April 2019 to members who are aged between 18 and 29 and on an eligible hospital cover.
Although you are an existing Medibank member, the discount would be based on your age on 1 April 2019. Unfortunately you will not be eligible for a discount, as you are already over the age of 29.
If you suspend your cover, your Youth Discount will be suspended at the same time. Note: suspensions are subject to Medibank’s Fund Rules and policies.
If you close your cover and re-join Medibank within 2 months, we will honour the Youth Discount percentage you had prior to closing your cover. This will only apply where your new hospital cover is eligible for the Youth Discount.