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Video message from health minister: nominate a Medicare Champion now!

Do you know a person, team or practice who goes above and beyond to improve the health of their community? Nominate them for a Stronger Medicare Award.

Nominate now for the Stronger Medicare Awards

Recognise outstanding health professionals, community members or teams across our primary care sector.

Prime Minister announces the Stronger Medicare Awards

Recognising Medicare Champions – people, teams and practices in primary care that go above and beyond to benefit patients.

Prime Minister launches pop-up display celebrating 40 years of Medicare

On 6 February, a special '40 years of Medicare' pop-up display was launched at Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

The Medical Costs Finder awareness campaign is now live

The website helps Australians understand typical costs when planning for private health procedures.

Celebrating 40 years of Medicare

In 2024, Australia is celebrating 40 years of Medicare, the backbone of Australia’s world-class health system.

Medical Costs Finder – helping Australians plan for private health costs

The Medical Costs Finder website helps Australians understand typical costs when planning for private health procedures.

MyMedicare patient registration now open

Australians can now register with their preferred general practice in MyMedicare. Learn about the new voluntary patient registration system, how to register, and what it means for you.

Victorian woman found guilty of defrauding Medicare

A Victorian medical receptionist has been sentenced today to 2 years imprisonment, with a minimum term of 12 months by the Melbourne County Court after pleading guilty to charging more than $181,000 in fraudulent Medicare payments.

Jail time for Pharmacist and Practice Manager

A Pharmacist and Practice Manager from across Australia were sentenced last week after fraudulently claiming more than $420,000 in payments under the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Release of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report

The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report is now available. It outlines a vision for Australia’s primary care system of the future.

Medibank Private and AHM data breach

Find out what your need to do if your Medicare number, or Medicare provider number has been exposed.

First meeting of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce

The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce, chaired by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP, met in Sydney on 29 July 2022 for the first time. A communique outlining discussions has been released.

Final report of the ECG Review Committee and Government response

We have published the final report of Electrocardiogram (ECG) Review Committee. The committee reviewed Medicare Schedule Benefits (MBS) plain ECG items, which were introduced on 1 August 2020 following recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce.

Health Funding Facts update

The Australian Government announced a record $503 billion investment in our universal health system in the 2021–22 Budget. We’ve updated our Health Funding Facts tool to use the latest figures. Find out more about our key investment areas.

Permanent telehealth for all Australians

Temporary telehealth services introduced as part of COVID-19 measures will become a permanent service in our health system.

Medicare Benefits Schedule continuous review to improve patient care

Medicare items and services will be reviewed by experts on an ongoing basis to ensure the Medicare Schedule remains contemporary and provides universal access to the best technologies and services under new arrangements introduced by the Australian Government.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Electrocardiogram Review Committee – appointment of Committee Members

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Committee was established in March 2021 to review electrocardiogram (ECG) items introduced on 1 August 2020, following recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Electrocardiogram Review Committee – expressions of interest now closed – submissions open until 1 April 2021

Nominations for the Electrocardiogram (ECG) Review Committee have now closed. Nominations are currently being reviewed and nominees will be notified of the outcome of their nomination as soon as possible.

Medicare Benefits Schedule Electrocardiogram review committee – call for expressions of interest to participate

Clinicians, academics and consumers are invited to express their interest in participating in the MBS ECG Review Committee, which will review changes to MBS ECG items introduced on 1 August 2020 following implementation of recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce.

Temporary MBS substitution item to address thallium-201 supply shortages

From 1 April to 30 September 2022, a new temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item is available as a nuclear medicine imaging diagnostic service.
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