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
A Medicare online account is an easy way to view, update and get information. To register, you need to create a myGov account and link it to 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

Visiting Australia

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.

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

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 baby up to 52 weeks of age to your Medicare card, .

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


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.

Read more about using your Medicare card

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

Lost, stolen or damaged Medicare cards

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

Read more about lost, stolen or damaged Medicare cards

Duplicate cards

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

Read more about duplicate Medicare cards

Expired cards

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: 23 October 2017