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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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Payment and Service Finder - Department of Human Services

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Register - Australian Government Department of Human Services

A record of your test results from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

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Referring and requesting Medicare services - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Information to help you understand your legal obligations when referring and requesting services under Medicare.

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Multicultural organisations - Australian Government Department of Human Services

We work with community organisations to promote our payments and services. We also act on issues raised by them.

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Medicare card - Australian Government Department of Human Services

The card lets people get a range of medical services and prescriptions at a lower cost, and free care as a public patient in a public hospital.

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Reciprocal Health Care Agreements - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Agreements with 11 countries that covers the cost of medically necessary care when Australians visit certain countries and visitors from these countries visit Australia.

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Medicare card - How to add your newborn to your Medicare card - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Listen Youll need to submit a form to add your newborn baby to your Medicare card

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Child Support - Australian Government Department of Human Services

To make sure children get support from their separated parents, we assess, collect and transfer child support payments.

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How we can help you with family and domestic violence concerns - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Our role is to help you access payments, and connect you to local support services. We can help you find services you need, like legal and housing support.

Read more on Medicare website

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