GlassesSA helps South Australians obtain low cost glasses, or for those with serious eye conditions, no cost contact lenses.

If eligible, you can get one new pair of glasses every three years, or more often if clinically necessary. You can get contact lenses as often as clinically necessary for your prescribed medical condition.

Participating Optometrists are available across Adelaide as well as regional areas such as: Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor, Whyalla Norrie, Murray Bridge, Mount Gambier, Mount Barker, Kadina, Goolwa, Gawler and Berri. Other rural areas can get access through mobile optometrist.

For more information on your eligibility please refer to concession finder link and contact ConcessionsSA Hotline 1800 307 758.


Essential Medical Equipment Payment

A yearly payment to help with the additional costs of running essential medical equipment.

To be eligible you must have a Commonwealth concession card or a Department of Veterans' Affairs card and provide proof that the specified equipment, or heating or cooling is medically required.

For more information on your eligibility please refer to concession finder link and contact ConcessionsSA Hotline 1800 307 758.


Australian Government Private Health Insurance Rebate

The private health insurance rebate assist with the cost of private health premiums. The rebate is income tested, income thresholds are indexed regularly and can be claimed through a reduced premium or through your tax return with the Australian Tax Office.

The rebate applies to Hospital, general treatment and ambulance policies. It does not apply to overseas visitors cover.


Health Care Card

Gives eligible people discounts on prescription medicines and other health-care costs. This card can also give you access to concessions provided by state and local governments.

For more information on your eligibility please refer to the website, concession finder and ConcessionsSA Hotline 1800 307 758.


SA Dental

SA Dental provides public dental clinics in metropolitan and country areas for children and for eligible adults. If a person has infection, swelling or bleeding, action may be needed immediately - contact your local SA Dental Clinic to be triaged for treatment or after hours, contact HealthDirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

Children and young people under 18 years are eligible to attend SA Dental, regardless of their parent/guardian’s concession card status. Adults are eligible for a range of dental treatment through SA Dental if they hold a current concession card - Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card. If you have a Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold or White Card, you may be eligible for treatment funded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. For more information, call the Department of Veterans' Affairs on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

If you are uncertain about eligibility, contact your local clinic for more information (see website for list of local clinics).

**COVID-19 Client Information - see link for further details**


Dental Fee Adjustment - SA Dental

SA Dental has established a process whereby people experiencing financial hardship can have either their full or part co-payment fee adjusted.

For the purposes of establishing Financial Hardship you need to contact a Financial Counselor who will do a further assessment with you to determine your capacity to pay.

For assistance in this matter and for more information call National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.

For a list of eligible service providers, please visit the website link below.

**COVID-19 Client Information - see link for further details**


Healthdirect Australia

A free 24/7 telephone health information and advice service. When you call healthdirect you speak directly with a Registered Nurse about your health issue or concern.

Hearing and speech impairment callers please call National Relay Service 1800 555 677 and ask to be transferred to healthdirect.

If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be transferred to healthdirect.


Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS)

Provides funding support for travel and accommodation for people who have to travel long distances (over 100 kilometres each way) to access specialist health services. If you require an escort to travel with you, they may also be eligible for reimbursement of some of their costs.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, assistance is available to travel on the most economical form of transport appropriate to your medical condition as recommended by your local doctor.

For more information and to apply online, visit the website.


Medicare Safety Nets Program

Assists people who require regular medical services or medicines by reducing the cost or providing free services or products once they reach the threshold of out of pocket expenses within a calendar year. The threshold is based on individual circumstances, please visit the Medicare website using the link below or call 1800 020 613 (PBS)