MyMedicare is a new voluntary registration system that formalises the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP) and primary care teams. Evidence shows that seeing the same GP and healthcare team can lead to better health outcomes.
If you have a valid Medicare card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran card and have had two face-to-face appointments with the same practice in the last 24 months, you are eligible to register in MyMedicare. For people living in rural and remote locations, it is one face-to-face consultation in the last 24 months.
Registering in MyMedicare will tell your practice and your GP that you see them as your regular care team. This will help them give more of the care and support you need.
Australians who register with their practice in MyMedicare may benefit from:
- longer MBS-funded telephone consultations, from 1 November 2023
- longer bulk billed telehealth consultations for children under 16 and Commonwealth concession cardholders at the new triple bulk billing rate, from 1 November 2023
- more regular visits from their GP and better care planning for people living in a Residential Aged Care Home, from August 2024
- connections to more appropriate care in general practice for people with chronic conditions who visit hospital frequently, from mid-2024.
To register as a MyMedicare patient, you can:
- complete the registration process in your Medicare Online Account
- ask staff at your practice to start the registration process – you can then complete registration in your Medicare Online Account
- fill out a registration form at your regular practice.
Talk to your regular general practice or GP about registering in MyMedicare, or find out more on the MyMedicare website.