After you apply

We’ll process your application. It may take up to 8 weeks to process your application if you apply between July and November.

This is because we get a lot of applications at that time.

If you applied online through the Individual Healthcare Identifiers (IHI) service, you can track your application using your MES dashboard.

We’ll write to you if we don’t approve your application or need more information.

If we approve your application, we’ll send your statement to the address you give us.

If you applied online through the Individual Healthcare Identifiers (IHI) service, you’ll be able to download and print your statement using your MES dashboard.

You’ll need to tell the ATO you have a Medicare Entitlement Statement when you do your income tax return. If your spouse is not eligible for Medicare, you will both need a statement before you can start your tax return. Keep the statement for your records.

The ATO will decide if you need to pay the Medicare levy. The MES is only one factor that the ATO takes into account when working out if you need to pay the Medicare levy.

Page last updated: 5 June 2023.
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