Medicare provides access to medical and hospital services for all 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.
- 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).
The Medicare website also provides health care information.