Benefits of a Health Care Card

A Health Care Card entitles you to cheaper prescription medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

You may be eligible for other concessions from the Australian Government. Some of these concessions may be available for a dependent child.

Benefits could include:

  • bulk billing for doctor’s appointments, as decided by your doctor
  • more refunds for medical expenses through the Medicare Safety Net
  • discounted mail redirection through Australia Post

State and territory governments and local councils may also offer concessions for costs such as:

  • energy and electricity
  • healthcare, including ambulance, dental and eye care
  • public transport
  • rates

Please check with your state and territory government about what concessions Health Care Card holders can get as entitlements may vary.

When you use Medicare services, you need to show your Medicare card.

Page last updated: 11 December 2017