Q: Which spouse can claim medical expenses?
A: Usually the spouse with the lower net income should claim the medical expenses because the claim is reduced by 3% of one's net income. This means the higher the net income, the lower the net claim for medical expenses.
Q: I had to pay for dental treatment for my 22-year-old son attending university. Can I claim these as medical expenses?
A: If your son was dependent on you for support at some time in the year, you may be eligible to claim these medical expenses. For dependants 18 or over, the claim is reduced by the lesser of $1,962 and 3% of the dependant's net income. The maximum claim per dependant is $10,000.
Q: I purchased herbs and vitamins from a health food store. Can I claim them as medical expense?
A: They are not eligible medical expenses, even if prescribed by a medical practitioner.
Q: Can over- the-counter drugs such as aspirin be claimed as medical expense?
A: Drugs may be claimed if they are prescribed by a medical practitioner and recorded by a licensed pharmacist. Over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements, even if prescribed by a medical practitioner, are not eligible.