MyMedicare is Australia’s new voluntary patient registration model. It will enable a blended funding model that sits alongside fee-for-service while strengthening the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP) and primary care teams.
Supported by recommendations from the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce, the recent Commonwealth 2023–24 Budget invests $19.7 million over 4 years in MyMedicare. A further $39.8 million will be delivered to support systems delivery through Services Australia.
MyMedicare seeks to improve health outcomes by:
A range of incentives are offered for general practice to participate, including for telehealth consultations with MyMedicare registrants.
To support general practices in voluntary patient registration for MyMedicare, Gippsland PHN has put together some fact sheets to help staff answer any patient questions.
Patients who register with their regular general practice in MyMedicare will receive improved continuity of care, easier access to telehealth consultations and will have access to services tailored to their needs.
In preparation for the start of MyMedicare, information on what practices need to do to get ready for MyMedicare is available at the Department of Health and Aged Care website at health.gov.au/MyMedicare and the Services Australia Health Professional Education website hpe.servicesaustralia.gov.au
“MyMedicare: First steps: what is it, and what do I need to know?” was a webinar on Monday 28 August 2023, hosted by the NSW/ACT PHN and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. If you missed it, the recording can be found here.
MyMedicare: a deeper dive (including PRODA) webinar on Monday 18 September 2023. The webinar recording is now available on the RACGP Events page here.
Helpful fact sheets
In the lead up to MyMedicare patient registration on 1 October 2023, general practice can start preparing now. One helpful preparation activity is data cleansing and archiving of patients. See these helpful fact sheets produced by Brisbane PHN below:
How to archive your inactive patients in Best Practice.
How to archive your inactive patients in Medical Director.
Gippsland PHN will continue to keep general practices informed, via newsletters, staff visits (as appropriate), website updates and education programs. The Department of Health and Aged Care is continuing to update its website as well.