Your Community Health has registered for MyMedicare, a new voluntary system that will help us set out the relationship between us and our clients.
MyMedicare allows our clients to nominate a general practice and doctor as their regular healthcare provider. When a client registers in MyMedicare, extra funding from the Australian Government becomes available to help us give them the care they need.
- longer MBS-funded telephone consultations from 1 November 2023
- longer bulk billed telehealth consultations for children under 16 and Commonwealth concession card holders from 1 November 2023.
When a client makes their relationship with our General Practice clear – such as through MyMedicare – and gets regular, ongoing care from a doctor they trust, they enjoy better health and wellbeing. That is why we are encouraging our clients to register with MyMedicare.
If you have a valid Medicare card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran card and have had two face-to-face appointments with us in the last 24 months, you are eligible for MyMedicare.
Registration is easy. To register as a MyMedicare client, you can:
- fill out a paper registration form at our practice
- complete the registration process in your Medicare Online Account
- ask our team to start the registration process – you can then complete registration in your Medicare Online Account.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is MyMedicare?
MyMedicare is a voluntary client registration system that makes your relationship with a General Practice and doctor clear. The Australian Government has introduced MyMedicare as part of ongoing work to make Medicare better for all Australians.
What are the benefits of registering?
By registering as a client with your General Practice, you can access:
- longer MBS-funded telephone calls with your usual General Practice, and
- longer MBS telehealth consultations for children under 16 and Commonwealth concession card holders from 1 November 2023.
Who is eligible for MyMedicare?
MyMedicare is voluntary and open to Australians with a Medicare card or a DVA Veteran Card. You are eligible to register if you have had two or more face-to-face appointments at your regular General Practice in the past 24 months.
People who are facing hardship are exempt from all eligibility requirements. This includes people experiencing domestic and family violence and homelessness.
Parents/guardians and children can be registered at the same practice, if either is eligible and registered. A parent/guardian must register a child under 14 years and provide consent on their behalf and this registration will need to be completed at the practice. Young people aged 14 to 17 years can register and provide consent without a parent/guardian.
How do I register?
From 1 October 2023, eligible clients can:
- Start the registration process in their Medicare Online Account or Express Plus Medicare Mobile app. General Practice staff will then accept the registration in the MyMedicare
- Your General Practice may start the registration in MyMedicare or clients can ask them to do this. This will trigger a registration in a client’s Medicare Online Account or Express Plus Medicare Mobile app, which they can then complete.
- Fill out a registration form at your General Practice. By signing the form, you are give consent to participate in MyMedicare with that General Practice. General Practice staff will then complete the registration in the MyMedicare