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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: June 2022

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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

Indigenous Australians - Services Australia

Payments and services if you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian.

Read more on Medicare website

Migrants, refugees and visitors - Services Australia

Services for refugees or if you are new to living in Australia.

Read more on Medicare website

Older Australians - Services Australia

Payments and services if you're retired, planning for retirement or looking to work past Age Pension age.

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

People with disability - Services Australia

Payments and services for you, your family or carers, if you have an illness, injury or disability.

Read more on Medicare website

Separated parents - Services Australia

Information about payments and services for separated parents providing financial support to children.

Read more on Medicare website

Child Care Subsidy - Services Australia

Assistance to help you with the cost of child care.

Read more on Medicare website

Family Tax Benefit - Services Australia

A 2 part payment that helps with the cost of raising children.

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

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