MyMedicare a new voluntary patient registration model introduced by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

What is MyMedicare?

MyMedicare is a new program that aims to improve the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP), and primary care teams. The program is open for voluntary registration to Australians with a valid Medicare card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veteran card from 1 October 2023.

Benefits of MyMedicare

The benefits of MyMedicare include improved continuity of care and health outcomes for patients, longer telehealth consultations (which will be funded by the Medicare Benefit Scheme (MBS)), and access to select benefits for both the patient and GP. Patients can receive better access to care, improved communication with their GP, and the ability to receive reminders for preventive health checks. Under MyMedicare we as a practice are able to access more information about regular patients, making it easier to tailor services to fit the individual needs of our patients.

Starting from August 1 2024, MyMedicare practices will have access to the General Practice in Aged Care Incentive. This incentive will help support regular health assessments, care plans, and GP visits for people living in residential aged care homes. Additionally, new funding payments will be available to support better care in the community for people with complex, chronic diseases who frequently visit hospitals. These arrangements will be progressively rolled out across the country over three years starting from the 2024-25 financial year. From November 2024, Chronic Disease Management items will be linked to a patient's registration in MyMedicare to support continuity of care for people with chronic and complex conditions. Patients who are not registered in MyMedicare will still be able to receive Chronic Disease Management items from our service.

Benefits for Patients

Government funding is made available to the practice to support patients MyMedicare registered to Kirrawee Doctors to assist in delivering necessary care. This financial support empowers us to offer extended telehealth consultations with increased funding. Additionally, longer telehealth consultations are able to be bulk billed for an extended time period with the new increased rate for Commonwealth concession card holders and children under the age of 16. Additional advantages for registered patients will be gradually introduced as part of the Australian Government's ongoing commitment to enhancing Medicare.

Participation in MyMedicare is voluntary, if you choose not to register in MyMedicare, your access to our healthcare services will remain unchanged.

If you want to learn more about MyMedicare's privacy policies, you can check out the MyMedicare Privacy Notice. This document details the procedures for collecting, utilising, and disclosing your personal information when you register for MyMedicare or using Medicare online services. The notice also clarifies how Australian Government agencies will manage personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) 12.

How to Register for MyMedicare

You can register for MyMedicare using your online account or with Kirrawee Doctors. You can change or withdraw at any time. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this process.
See the Introducing MyMedicare Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions for information regarding this service.
See the Registering For MyMedicare Resource for information regarding who is able to register for this service and how to do so.

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