Medicare Australia

Medicare is the scheme that gives Australian residents access to healthcare. Most taxpayers pay a Medicare Levy of 2% of their taxable income to help fund it.
Medicare is the main source of payment of health care in Australia, either partially or fully covering the cost of most primary health care services for eligible citizens, residents and some visitors.

Who’s eligible?
You are eligible for Medicare benefits if you:
are an Australian or New Zealand citizen
are an Australian permanent resident
have applied for permanent residency (some conditions apply)
are covered by a Ministerial Order
have a Resident Return visa
are covered by a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with another country

Medicare cards are issued to people enrolled in Medicare. You can find registration information at the front of the Medicare enrolment form at the Department of Human Services. If you are aged 15 years or older, you can apply for your own Medicare card, while children under 15 can be listed on their parents’ card. Babies born in Australia are automatically enrolled in Medicare.

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In your capital city

Subject Operating hours Phone Number
Medicare General Enquiries 7 days a week (24 Hours) 132 011
MyGov Help Desk – Select Option 1 MON – FRI: 7:00am – 10:00pm 132 307
Medicare Entitlement Statement (MES) MON – FRI: 8:30am – 5:00pm ACST 1300 300 271, +61 1300 300 271