Medicare card

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.

You can also use your Medicare card to get cheaper Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines at a pharmacy.

Read more about Medicare claiming.

Your Medicare card must be current to claim benefits. We’ll replace your card before it expires.

Make sure we have your current details so we can send your new Medicare card to you. Destroy your old card when you get your new one. We’ll cancel your old card when we issue your new card.

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Page last updated: 9 November 2018