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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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Rural and remote Australians - Australian Government Department of Human Services

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

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Centrelink Compensation Recovery - Australian Government Department of Human Services

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

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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.

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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

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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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