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Introducing MyMedicare

Introducing MyMedicare

As part of an ongoing commitment to strengthening Medicare for all Australians, the Australian Government has introduced MyMedicare, a voluntary patient registration model that aims to formalise the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP) and primary care teams. Seeing your GP regularly and formalising the relationship you have with your GP and practice through MyMedicare can lead to better health outcomes.

How to register in MyMedicare

It’s voluntary and free to register in MyMedicare, and registration is open to Australians with a Medicare card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran Card. To register, you must have had 2 face-to-face appointments with the same practice in the previous 24 months. This is reduced to one face-to-face appointment if you are in a remote location. People who are facing hardship are exempt from all eligibility requirements, including people experiencing domestic and family violence and homelessness.

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

Changing your preferred GP

MyMedicare does not tie you to a particular GP – you can change your preferred GP within your registered practice at any time. You can also register with a new practice if you meet the eligibility requirements and the practice is already registered in MyMedicare.

MyMedicare patients may have access to:

  • A formalised ongoing relationship with your general practice and preferred GP, which has been shown to improve health outcomes.
  • Longer MBS-funded telephone consultations with your usual general practice, 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.

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