What is Medicare?
Medicare is a national insurance scheme that provides free or subsidised healthcare for Australians Learn more about how it works and who's eligible.
Medicare Safety Net
The Medicare Safety Net lets you claim more money back from the government for your out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as appointments and tests. Find out here how the Safety Net works.
Bulk billing for medical services
Bulk billing is when your doctor bills Medicare directly and accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for their service.
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
Using the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Australians can access a wide range of prescription medicines without paying full price.
Paying for diagnostic testing
Tests and scans used to diagnose disease can be expensive although Medicare covers some or all of the costs of many diagnostic tests. Learn more here about Medicare coverage.
Low cost or free mental health services
Depending upon your personal circumstances, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate on Government programs to assist with your treatment.
What is a referral?
A referral is a letter from a doctor, asking a specialist (or other health professional) for a diagnosis or treatment. If you see the specialist without a referral, Medicare will not cover any of your costs.
How do I pay for healthcare?
The Australian Government helps to keep down the cost of healthcare for most people who live here. This article covers the most common questions about how to pay for your healthcare.
The public and private hospital systems
Choosing between a private and a public hospital can be confusing. Find out how your choices for treatment and care can differ.
Paying for mental health services
Mental health costs vary depending on where you are and what service you are provided. Learn more about the services and what the costs might be.