MyMedicare Patient Registration Guide:

MyMedicare patient registration has begun. In this article, we break-down how patients can register for your practice for MyMedicare.

What is MyMedicare?

MyMedicare is a new voluntary patient registration (VPR) initiative by the Federal Government aimed at strengthening the relationship between patients, their general practice, general practitioner (GP) and primary care teams.

Who should be registering for MyMedicare, the practice or the patient?

Registration for MyMedicare is open to patients, practices, and providers. It’s important to note that registration is entirely voluntary for all parties.

What are the benefits for patients registering for MyMedicare?

The main benefit of signing up at this time is access to Medicare rebates for longer telehealth consultations. Last year the government scrapped rebates for telehealth appointments longer than 20 minutes (known as level C) and longer than 40 minutes (level D). But if you register through MyMedicare, you will have access to rebates again. The cost each GP charges for such appointments differs greatly depending on location, but on average it will mean Medicare will cover around half the consultation fee.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says often it’s the most vulnerable in society who benefit the most from long telehealth consultations, for example people seeking mental health support or those in rural and remote areas.

Registering for MyMedicare offers patients several key benefits:
There are three ways patients can register for MyMedicare:

Read on to better equip yourself with the knowledge to make this process as smooth as possible.

How patients register for MyMedicare through MyGov

Patients can register via MyGov for MyMedicare if they have linked Medicare Online.
A patient can register with your practice by following the below steps;

  1. Log into my.gov.au
  2. Navigate to ‘Medicare’
  3. Under linked services, select “Register for MyMedicare”
  4. Select ‘Start’
  5. Search for the practice and enter a suburb
  6. Select preferred practitioner
  7. Review and submit registration

Checkout our video below for a step-by-step guide.

Registering via the Medicare Express App for MyMedicare

Patients can also register for MyMedicare via the Medicare Express App. Please note that the patient should have their medicare account linked to their MyGov.

Most patients will find registering via the Medicare Express App the simplest and easiest to complete.

A patient can register with your practice by following the below steps;

  1. Log into my.gov.au
  2. Navigate to ‘Medicare’
  3. Under linked services, select “Register for MyMedicare”
  4. Select ‘Start’
  5. Search for the practice and enter a suburb
  6. Select preferred practitioner
  7. Review and submit registration

Checkout our video below for a step-by-step guide.

Registering via the paper registration forms

Patients can register with your practice for MyMedicare via a paper form. This form can be prefilled by the reception team and then signed by the patient. Once signed, your reception can enter the details into PRODA.

Note: You can find the patient registration form on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/mymedicare-registration-form?language=en

When the patient presents to the reception desk, if eligible, they could ask the patient if they’d like a form to register for MyMedicare or further information. During their consult, the patient can discuss the benefits of MyMedicare with their GP.

If the patient wishes to register, they can then hand the signed form back to reception once their consult is complete, for reception to register via PRODA and save a copy on the patient file (see steps on how to do this below).

IMPORTANT! Patients under 14 years of age who require a parent or guardian to also sign for their registration to MyMedicare, must be done in the practice via paper forms. The Medicare Express App and MyGov does not currently support the registration of patients under 14 years of age.