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What is MyMedicare?
MyMedicare is a new voluntary patient registration model that will provide some extra Medicare benefits to all patients who have a Medicare Card or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran card. You will only receive these additional benefits by registering your preferred clinic with Medicare.
Patients who have had two face-to-face consults with GPs in the clinic in the past 24 months can register for MyMedicare from 1 October 2023.
Make our clinic your home clinic!
If you would like to choose our medical centre as your preferred home clinic, we will provide registration forms on the day of your appointment.
There are also options for patients to register online.
Does it cost anything to register?
No, registration is free and optional.
How will it benefit me?
The goal of MyMedicare is to strengthen the relationship you have with your preferred doctor and medical centre. Attending the same clinic and seeing the same GPs for your medical appointments will allow your chosen doctor to provide you with better ongoing care. You can still attend other clinics, however, you will receive some extra benefits at your chosen clinic. If you want to choose our medical centre as your ‘home clinic’, you will need to register with MyMedicare, select our medical centre and choose your preferred GP.
Other benefits you will receive include:
All registered patients will have access to longer MBS-funded telehealth consultations (telephone calls) with GPs at your registered ‘home clinic’ (Levels C & D). This means you and your GP can have more in-depth conversations (over 20 minutes) about your health. Medicare will provide a larger rebate for these longer telehealth consults to help make it more affordable for you, but only at your registered home clinic.
From 1 November, the Australian Government is introducing a ‘Triple Bulk Billing’ incentive when GPs bulk bill children 15 and under, pensioners and concession card holders to help subsidise the rising costs of health care. This incentive may also apply to longer MBS telehealth consultations (Levels C, D and E) with your GP at your registered home clinic.
These initial benefits for registered patients will be expanded by the Australian Government over time, so registering our medical centre as your preferred ‘home clinic’ is important.
Do I need to register?
No, registration is voluntary. You can choose not to register, but you will miss out on the extra Medicare benefits that you could be receiving by choosing our medical centre as your preferred ‘home clinic’.
When will registrations open and close?
All patients can register for MyMedicare from 1 October 2023. We will provide registration
forms on the day of your appointment. There is no close date or deadline to register.
Can I register with more than one clinic?
No, the goal of MyMedicare is to help strengthen the relationship you have with your
preferred medical centre and doctor. Children are exempt from needing to have
visited their GP twice in the past 24 months.
Do I need to register children?
Registration is optional for all patients. If you want to receive the MyMedicare benefits for your children, you will need to register each child with MyMedicare and choose their preferred clinic and GP.
Am I “locked-in“ to a clinic once I register?
No. You can visit any medical centre or doctor you like; however, you will only receive the extra Medicare benefits at your chosen ‘home’ clinic. If you change your mind, you can also unregister at any time.
How do I register?
We will provide registration form son the day of your appointment or you can visited MyMedicare to register.
Where can I find more information?
More information about MyMedicare can be found on the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Aged Care website – https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/mymedicare?language=en.
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