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.
- live in Australia or Norfolk Island
- be enrolled in Medicare
Who can get it
You must live in Australia or Norfolk Island to get a Medicare card.
You may get a Medicare card if you visit Australia.
We have agreements with some countries to cover your essential health care during your stay.
You may be eligible if you live in a country that Australia has an agreement with.
Read more about Reciprocal Health Care Agreements.
How to enrol or re-enrol in Medicare
Enrol to get a Medicare card and Medicare benefits.
Get your own Medicare card at 15 years old
You can have your own Medicare card if you’re aged 15 or older.
How to add your newborn to your Medicare card
You’ll need to submit a form to add your baby up to 52 weeks of age 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.
Using 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.
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.
Lost, stolen or damaged Medicare cards
You can get a new Medicare card if your card is lost, stolen or damaged.
A duplicate card is a copy of your current Medicare card with the same details.
We’ll send you a new Medicare card about 4 weeks before your current card expires.