Medicare card

The card lets people get a range of medical services and prescriptions at a lower cost, and free care as a public patient in a public hospital.

Eligibility basics

  • live in Australia or Norfolk Island
  • be enrolled in Medicare

Medicare card


Who can get it

You must live in Australia or Norfolk Island to get a Medicare card.

Read more about who can get a Medicare card


How to enrol or re-enrol in Medicare

Enrol to get a Medicare card and Medicare benefits.

Read more about how to enrol or re-enrol in Medicare

How to get your own Medicare card at 15 years old

You can have your own Medicare card if you’re aged 15 or older.

Read more about getting your own Medicare card

How to add your newborn to your Medicare card

You’ll need to submit a form to add your newborn baby to your Medicare card. A newborn baby is a child up to 52 weeks or up to the day of their 1st birthday.

Read more about how to add a newborn to your Medicare card.

How to copy or transfer people between Medicare cards

You can only enrol on 2 Medicare cards at the same time.

Read more about copying or transferring


How to use your card

You can use your Medicare card to make a claim for Medicare benefits when you visit a doctor, or are treated as a public patient in a public hospital.

Read more about using your Medicare card

How to update your personal details

You can update your address, contact details and bank account online. To change your name, date of birth or gender, you need to visit a service centre.

Read more about updating personal details on a Medicare card

How to replace a lost, stolen or damaged card

You can get a new Medicare card if your card is lost, stolen or damaged.

Read more about lost, stolen or damaged Medicare cards

How to get a duplicate card

A duplicate card is a copy of your current Medicare card with the same details.

Read more about duplicate Medicare cards

What happens when your card expires

We’ll send you a new Medicare card about 4 weeks before your current card expires.

Read more about expired Medicare cards

Page last updated: 7 March 2018