Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 1999

4 New provisions inserted
  • The principal regulations are amended by inserting, after regulation 20, the following regulations:

    20A Authorised uses of high use health cards
    • A cardholder may use the high use health card issued to that person for 1 or more of the following purposes:

      • (a) To provide evidence to the Department or a pharmacist that the cardholder has been issued with the card and has been assigned any identifying number that has been endorsed on the card:

      • (b) To provide evidence to the Health Funding Authority or any medical practitioner or any specialist or any pharmacist or any hospital and health service or any licensed hospital or any provider, or an employee of any such person, that the cardholder is eligible for a high use health card:

      • (c) To provide evidence to the Health Funding Authority or any medical practitioner or any specialist or any pharmacist or any hospital or any provider, or an employee of any such person, that the cardholder is eligible for—

        • (i) Any 1 or more qualifying medical services; or

        • (ii) Any exemption from a charge or part of a charge for any 1 or more such services; or

        • (iii) Any prescribed maximum amount of charge applicable to persons of the class or classes of which the cardholder forms part, in relation to any 1 or more such services:

      • (d) As a form of identification or as evidence that he or she is eligible for the high use health card.

    20B Unauthorised uses of high use health cards
    • (1) A cardholder must not assign, transfer, lend, bail, gift, sell, pledge, or mortgage a high use health card to any person or deal with the card in any manner that allows any person to make an unauthorised use of the card.

      (2) No person, other than an employee of the Department or the Ministry of Health or a pharmacist or any person (other than the cardholder) mentioned in regulation 20A(b) or (c) may demand or request a high use health card as a form of identification of the cardholder or as evidence that the cardholder is eligible for that high use health card.

      (3) If a person who is required or requested to produce a high use health card under subclause (2) fails to produce a high use health card on request, the person may be treated as if he or she is not the holder of a high use health card.

      (4) No person may—

      • (a) Accept any high use health card by way of assignment, transfer loan, bailment, gift, sale, pledge, or mortgage; or

      • (b) Make use of another person's high use health card; or

      • (c) Use any high use health card not issued to that person in any other way.