Monday, 02 October 2023 17:52

What is MyMedicare?

MyMedicare is a voluntary patient registration model that aims to formalise the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP) and primary care teams. The Australian Government has introduced MyMedicare as part of an ongoing commitment to strengthening Medicare for all Australians.

What are the benefits of registering?

Registering in MyMedicare helps strengthen the relationship with your GP and practice, which leads to better care. By registering as a patient, additional funding becomes available to your healthcare provider to deliver the care you need.

MyMedicare patients will have access to:

• longer MBS-funded telephone calls with your usual general practice

Who is eligible for MyMedicare?

MyMedicare is open to Australians with a Medicare card or a DVA Veteran Card and is voluntary.

You’re eligible to register if you’ve had two or more face-to-face appointments at your regular practice in the past 24 months. People who are facing hardship are exempt from all eligibility requirements. This includes people experiencing domestic and family violence and homelessness. Parents/guardians and children can be registered at the same practice, if either is eligible and registered. A parent/guardian must register a child under 14 years and provide consent on their behalf. Young people aged 14 to 17 years can register and provide consent without a parent/guardian.

How do I register?

From 1 October 2023, eligible patients can:

• Start the registration process in your Medicare Online Account or Express Plus Medicare Mobile app. Practice staff will then accept the registration in the MyMedicare system.

• Fill out a registration form at your practice. By signing the form, you are giving your consent to participate in MyMedicare with that practice. Practice staff will then complete the registration in the MyMedicare system