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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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Last reviewed: March 2020

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Finalise your pre-birth claim - Services Australia

We need proof of your child’s birth to finalise any claims you started before your baby arrived.

Read more on Medicare website

Adopting a child - Services Australia

We have a range of payments and services to help parents care for their newly adopted child.

Read more on Medicare website

Payments and services for rural and remote Australians - Services Australia

There are payments and services available to support you if you live in a rural or remote area of Australia.

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

Concession and health care cards - Services Australia

Concession and health care cards can get you cheaper health services and medicines.

Read more on Medicare website

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.

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Migrants, refugees and visitors - Services Australia

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

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How to get mental health support - Services Australia

Free counselling and additional mental health support for individuals, families and emergency services workers affected by the bushfires.

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

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