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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.

Mission and vision

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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Rural and remote Australians - Australian Government Department of Human Services

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

Read more on Medicare website

Centrelink Compensation Recovery - Australian Government Department of Human Services

If you get compensation, it can affect your payments from us.

Read more on Medicare website

People with disability - Australian Government Department of Human Services

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

Read more on Medicare website

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - Australian Government Department of Human Services

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) gives timely, reliable and affordable access to medicines for Australians.

Read more on Medicare website

Family Tax Benefit - What other services are available - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Listen Tools, information and other services we offer

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Family and domestic violence - Australian Government Department of Human Services

We support people affected by family and domestic violence by providing information, resources and referrals.

Read more on Medicare website

Health care and Medicare - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Listen How you can get affordable health care and access our services

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Medicare services for Indigenous Australians - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Listen Find out how to get started with Medicare, how to get help with the cost of medicine, and what's available through our Indigenous Access Program

Read more on Medicare website

Australian Organ Donor Register - Australian Government Department of Human Services

The national register where you enter your organ and tissue donation decision.

Read more on Medicare website

Payment and Service Finder - Department of Human Services

This service will help you determine if you're eligible for Human Services payments

Read more on Medicare website

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