Co-authored by Shyla Sivanas, Graduate
All individuals involved in transport accidents after 14 February 2018 are no longer subject to a "medical excess" before claiming their medical expenses from the TAC. The Government has passed legislation abolishing the "medical excess".
Prior to this change, individuals who did not spend one night in hospital had to incur $651 in medical expenses before being allowed to claim their medical bills from the TAC. This medical cost could have been paid by Medicare, private health insurance or personally, but the TAC did not need to pay for medical expenses until that "excess" was reached.
This change has important implications for injured individuals. Not only does it remove the complicated and time consuming medical declaration process, but it also means that individuals involved in transport accidents will receive all the medical assistance that they require and immediately after being injured. It is well established that the earlier medical assistance is provided to the injured, the better their prospects for recovery.
For more information about this change or to discuss paying medical costs associated with your traffic injury, call one of our injury lawyers directly on (03) 9321 9988.