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Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors' health card

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has not ruled out potential changes to the seniors' health card, despite saying the government would stick to its "crystal clear" promise to keep raising income tests for the card.

The seniors' health card provides older Australians with discounts on GP visits, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme-listed drugs and other medical benefits.

But media reports over the weekend speculated that the governments Commission of Audit had recommended changes to the card's criteria on income testing.

The Coalition promised during the election campaign it would index the card's income tests to inflation, a pledge Mr Abbott reiterated on Sunday.

He said the Coalition made an "absolutely crystal clear commitment" to index the eligibility criteria for the card, and the government would keep the pledge.

However he would not comment on any other potential changes being considered through the audit, saying only it "will be released at the right time".

Despite speculation the release of the audit commission's report was delayed by elections in Tasmania and South Australia this week, Mr Abbott would not be drawn on a possible release date for the 900-odd page documents.

Topics:  federal government, health, seniors, tony abbott


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