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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: December 2015

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Updating your personal details on a Medicare Card

Changes to your Medicare card details must be done in person at your local Medicare Service Centre.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Medicare enrolment and amendment form (0905)

Use this form if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and wish to enrol in Medicare or, if already enrolled, to provide origin details, add another person, request a duplicate or replacement card, change your details, or register for the Medicare Safety Net.

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Information in your language

We provide information in your language about our payments and services.

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Early Release of Superannuation

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Pensioner Concession Card

Cardholders can access Australian Government health concessions and get help with the cost of living by reducing the cost of certain goods and services.

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Special Disability Trusts

Established by parents and immediate family members to plan for the future care and accommodation needs of a person with a severe disability.

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Express Plus mobile apps

We have Express Plus mobile apps for Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support so that you can do your business with us on your mobile device.

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Pharmaceutical Allowance

Helps with the cost of buying prescription medicines. Paid to eligible income support recipients with their regular fortnightly Centrelink payment.

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Medicare Two-way

An Australian Government initiative designed to make lodging health claims easier for people with private health insurance.

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