Health topic quickview: Medicare

A collection of Medicare-related information in the Health website.

Page last updated: 25 May 2022 (this page is generated automatically and reflects updates to other content within the website)

A quickview of health information

Statistics under Medicare

07 March 2022

Medicare Statistics are available from September quarter 1984 onwards and financial year 1984-85 onwards. Rolling 12-month time series statistics are available from July 2009 to June 2010 onwards.

Health assessments

09 October 2018

Information on eligibility for health assessments and related allied health services.


14 September 2017

Medicare aims to ensure that all Australians have access to free or low-cost medical, optometry, midwifery and hospital care and in special circumstances, allied health.

Medicare safety net arrangements

16 May 2017

Australia enjoys a robust private health system that is supported by public funding. Medicare safety net arrangements are part of this system and operate to assist Australians with high out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital services.

Comprehensive Management Framework for the MBS

07 September 2015

This Comprehensive Management Framework (CMFM) for the MBS page contains information on the CMFM review process.

Diagnostic radiology fact sheet

11 June 2015

About minimum qualification requirements of people performing x-ray, angiography or fluoroscopy services

Diabetes type 2 — allied health

29 April 2014

Information on the allied health group services provided by eligible diabetes educators, exercise physiologists and dietitians for people with type 2 diabetes, on referral from a GP.

Chronic Disease Management — allied health individual services

10 April 2014

Information on the individual allied health services available to patients with a chronic condition and/or complex care needs, on referral from a GP

Autism — Helping Children with Autism program

03 April 2014

Medicare items supporting early diagnosis and treatment.

History of key MBS primary care initiatives 1999-2013

03 April 2014

This page provides a brief history of the key Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) initiatives between 1999 and 2013.

Medication management reviews

03 April 2014

Information on the medication management reviews available for patients in the community or in an aged care facility, on referral from a GP.

Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) — GP services

02 April 2014

Information on the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items that are available under Medicare to patients with a chronic medical condition.

Disability — Better Start for Children with Disability initiative

02 April 2014

Medicare items supporting early diagnosis and treatment.

Obesity Review

01 June 2011

The purpose of this review is to evaluate current evidence and clinical best practice relating to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for the surgical interventions for the treatment of obesity.

Ophthalmology Review

16 May 2011

The draft review protocol for the whole of specialty review of ophthalmology underwent public consultation for a three week period, which closed on 16 November 2010.

Pulmonary artery catheterisation Review

16 May 2011

The draft protocol for the review of PAC items underwent a three week public consultation period, which closed on 26 November 2010.

The MBS Quality Framework

16 May 2011

In the 2009-10 Budget the Australian Government funded the development of a new evidence-based framework for managing the MBS – the MBS Quality Framework. The objectives for the MBS Quality Framework were to strengthen the listing, pricing and review processes of MBS items by ensuring that services are aligned with contemporary clinical evidence, represent best value for money and improve health outcomes for patients.