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Medicare

On 1 July 2011, the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS) began delivering payments and services previously delivered by Medicare.

These payments and services form a universal health care system that ensures all Australians have access to free or low-cost medical, some optical and hospital care. Australians can choose private health services and, in special circumstances, allied health services. The Private Health Insurance Rebate is available to people who are eligible for Medicare services and who are members of a registered health fund.

There are several Medicare payments and services that can help when you or your dependant family members use health care services or need medicine. These include Medicare bulk billing, the Medicare Safety Net, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the PBS Safety Net.

These payments and services will help you cover costs when you or your dependants use:

  • out-of-hospital services such as a visit to your doctor
  • in-hospital services
  • prescription medicines
  • health care services in certain countries.

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Last reviewed: August 2018

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Australian Government rebate on Private Health Insurance

Reduces private health insurance costs for people eligible for Medicare, within income thresholds and with certain health funds.

Read more on Medicare website

Australian Immunisation Register - Australian Government Department of Human Services

A record of your vaccinations.

Read more on Medicare website

PBS for pharmacists - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Department of Human Services can grant pharmacists approval to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidised items in accordance with section 90 of the National Health Act 1953.

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

Pensioner Concession Card - Australian Government Department of Human Services

A concession card to get cheaper and some discounts if you get certain payments from us.

Read more on Medicare website

Foster Child Health Care Card - Australian Government Department of Human Services

A concession card to get cheaper medicines and some discounts for foster children in your care.

Read more on Medicare website

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 Bulk Billing - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Where the doctor bills Medicare directly for a medical or allied health service that you get.

Read more on Medicare website

Child Dental Benefits Schedule - Australian Government Department of Human Services

Covers part or the full cost of some dental services for children if you get certain payments from us.

Read more on Medicare website

Keeping up to date with Medicare - Australian Government Department of Human Services

It's important to have your details with us up to date and that you have a current Medicare card.

Read more on Medicare website

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