|Formed||1 October 2005|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Australia|
|Annual budget||A$856.6 million (2009/10)|
|Parent agency||Department of Human Services|
Medicare Australia is one of the Master Programs of the Australian Government Department of Human Services(DHS). Prior to 1 October 2005, Medicare Australia was known as the Health Insurance Commission (HIC). On 1 July 2011, Medicare Australia and Centrelink were integrated into the Department of Human Services by the Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011.
Medicare Australia administers health-related programs. It is a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (Cth) and a statutory agency within the Department of Human Services, under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth).
The National Office of Medicare Australia is located in Canberra, and is responsible for policy and program development. Medicare Australia previously had many branch offices across Australia, usually located in retail centres, which processed claims from and payments to members. Since 2009 these have been progressively shut with payment and claim facilities moving online and with integration to provide assistance with online access at centrelink offices termed "one-stop-shops".
Medicare Australia administers various health-related programs in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing. As of 2007, these programs included:
- Family Assistance Office
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
- Australian Government 30% Private Health Insurance Rebate
- Special Assistance Schemes
- Aged Care
- Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR)
- Australian Organ Donor Register
- General Practice Immunisation Incentives Scheme (GPII)
- Practice Incentives Program
- Rural Retention Program
- Medical Rural Bonded Scheme
- Medical Indemnity
- Indigenous Health
- Compensation Recovery Program
- Hearing Services Program
- National Library of Australia. Health Insurance Commission. (1974-2005) - People and organisations - Trove. http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/1306389?c=people
- "No need to stop at Medicare 'one stop shops'". ABC South East NSW. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
- "Branches close and more to go on Medicare hit list". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
- Cormack, Lucy (21 March 2015). "Has your Medicare branch closed? This is why". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
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