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Introduction

Medicare is Australia's universal health scheme – Service NSW does not deliver any Medicare related services.

You access Medicare via the Medicare website or a Medicare Service Centre.

The Commonwealth government program is funded through a mix of general revenue and the Medicare levy, and provides access to medical and hospital services for Australian residents and certain categories of visitors (including migrants, permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens). Medicare benefits are paid according to the legislation governing Medicare.

Medicare covers:

  • free or subsidised treatment by health professionals, such as doctors, specialists, optometrists, and in specific circumstances, dentists and other allied health professionals
  • free treatment and accommodation for patients in a public hospital
  • 75% of the Medicare schedule fee for services and procedures if you're a private patient in a public or private hospital (but not including hospital accommodation, theatre fees, medicines and other items).

If you aren't enrolled in Medicare, complete an enrolment application form and submit the form at a Medicare service centre.

The Medicare website also provides health care information.

You'll be taken to another website.