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Medicare

Services Australia delivers Medicare and related programs, providing Australians with access to some health services at low or no cost.

Vision and mission

To help Australians access a wide range of health services and affordable health care through Australia’s universal health care system.

How Medicare can help

Medicare helps with the costs of seeing a doctor, getting medicines and accessing mental health care.

The Australian government pays for Medicare through the Medicare levy. Working Australians pay the Medicare levy as part of their income tax.

When you enrol in Medicare, they pay some or all of the costs of your necessary health care.

Keep in mind, they don’t pay for all medical services.

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) lists the services they pay for. The Department of Health manages the MBS. Read more about what’s covered.

If your doctor bulk bills, they pay the cost directly to the doctor. This means you won’t have to pay anything. Read more about how bulk billing works.

You’ll need to pay for your appointment if your GP doesn’t bulk bill. You may be able to claim some of this money back from Medicare.

Medicare also help to make some medicines more affordable for you through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Read more about Medicine and Medicare.

If you have high medical costs, there are ways to help keep your costs under control. Read more about help with medical costs.

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Medicare Australia.

Last reviewed: March 2020

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Having a baby - Services Australia

Having a baby is an exciting time. There’s a lot of information about payments and services which can help with the cost of raising a child.

Read more on Medicare website

What's covered by Medicare - Other Medicare support - Services Australia

Support for children Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme The Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme helps families with the cost of treating cleft lip and cleft palate conditions

Read more on Medicare website

Rural and remote Australians - Services Australia

Payments and services if you live in regional, rural or remote Australia.

Read more on Medicare website

How changes to coronavirus (COVID-19) support may impact you - Services Australia

A number of changes have been announced, subject to legislation. Read more about what this may mean for you.

Read more on Medicare website

Parental Leave Pay - Services Australia

A payment for up to 18 weeks while you care for your new child.

Read more on Medicare website

Dad and Partner Pay - Services Australia

A payment for up to 2 weeks while you care for your new child.

Read more on Medicare website

Carers - Services Australia

Payments and services if you provide care for someone with a severe disability, illness or a frail and aged adult.

Read more on Medicare website

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - Services Australia

Some prescription medicines can cost a lot of money, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) can lower the cost.

Read more on Medicare website

Child care - Services Australia

Find out what payments and services are available to help when your family uses child care.

Read more on Medicare website

Manage your money - Your family’s money - Services Australia

Plan and stick to a budget Use the simple money manager to plan for regular items like: the cost of child care school uniforms and fees weekly food bill electricity and phone bills the cost of running your family car vet bills

Read more on Medicare website

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The information is not a substitute for independent professional advice and should not be used as an alternative to professional health care. If you have a particular medical problem, please consult a healthcare professional.

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