What is Medicare?
Australia's primary health care funder explained.
Since 1984, a universal health system has been provided in Australia by the Commonwealth Government, known as Medicare.
Medicare is the primary funder of health care in the country. It has three distinct parts: hospital, medical and pharmaceutical.
Medicare provides the following for citizens and most permanent residents in Australia:
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, Australia
This is a direct link to the section of The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services's website covering consumer participation. Links to the "Doing it with us not for us" strategic direction and related resources can be found here.
Victorian Health Plan
The Victorian Health Plan is Victoria's plan for a healthier future. The plan reflects the government's commitment to delivering the best healthcare outcomes possible and ensuring people are as healthy as they can be. The foundation of the Victorian Health Plan is the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012–2022.
Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia.
Medicare benefits schedule
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a Department of Health publication which is also updated regularly and maintained by the Department.
Pharmaceutical benefits scheme
This website contains information on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme including details of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government as well as information for consumers, carers, health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. The PBS is part of Australia’s broader National Medicines Policy.
A network of consumers willing to use their experience, knowledge and ideas to help improve health care in Victoria.Find out more
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