hawkeye (hawkeye7) wrote,

  • Music:

Medicare Levy

Got a note from the Australian Taxation Office to the effect that I haven't paid my Medicare Levy Surcharge.

In this country, the public health system is paid for by the Medicare Levy, 1.5% of your taxable income. Single people earning more than $50,000 (or married couples earning more than $100,000) who do not have private health insurance have to pay another 1.0%. Because the threshold is not indexed, more people than ever have to pay the surcharge.

The idea is to encourage private health insurance, and marriage.

Health Minister Tony Abbot says that the surcharge is one of the government's more successful policies. Well compared with the War in Iraq, Seasprite helicopters, and IT outsourcing, it may be.

I refuse to participate in this sort of exercise. Bill me.
Tags: politics

  • Book reviews

    Had to share this, which I found here

  • Glass Houses Department

    Incredible but true: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called for a boycott of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in…

  • Blame Canada

    Parties Long Estranged: Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century by Margaret MacMillan (ed) This book grew out of the 1998 conference of the…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.