Health Entitlement Cards Amendment Regulations 1999

6 New provisions inserted
  • The principal regulations are amended by inserting, after regulation 23, the following regulations:

    23A Authorised uses of pharmaceutical subsidy cards
    • A member of a family unit may use the pharmaceutical subsidy card issued to that family unit for 1 or more of the following purposes:

      • (a) To provide evidence to the Department or a pharmacist that the family unit 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 family unit is eligible for a pharmaceutical subsidy 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 member of the family unit is eligible for—

        • (i) Any 1 or more prescription items; or

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

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

      • (d) As a form of identification or as evidence that the family unit of which he or she is a member is eligible for the pharmaceutical subsidy card.

    23B Unauthorised uses of pharmaceutical subsidy cards
    • (1) A member of a family unit to which a pharmaceutical subsidy card has been issued must not assign, transfer, lend, bail, gift, sell, pledge, or mortgage a pharmaceutical subsidy 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 23A(b) or (c) may demand or request a pharmaceutical subsidy card as a form of identification of the cardholder or as evidence that the family unit of which the cardholder is a member is eligible for that pharmaceutical subsidy card.

      (3) If a person who is required or requested to produce a pharmaceutical subsidy card under subclause (2) fails to produce a pharmaceutical subsidy card on request, the person may be treated as if he or she is not a member of a family unit that has been issued with a pharmaceutical subsidy card.

      (4) No person may—

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

      • (b) Use any pharmaceutical subsidy card not issued to the family unit of which the person is a member.