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Afghan humanitarian visa 449 Medicare extension

People evacuated from Afghanistan on or after 19 August 2021 can continue to access Medicare.

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Medical Costs Finder is launching soon

The enhanced Medical Costs Finder will help patients understand specialist costs in the private health system.

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Changes to PBS general patient co-payment from 1 January 2023

The PBS general patient co-payment will reduce from $42.50 to $30.00 from 1 January 2023.

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Change to pre-Christmas PBS Online payment date

We’re changing our pre-Christmas period payment date to pharmacies this year.

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Apply for your Medicare provider numbers (MPNs) early

We’re experiencing a peak in MPN applications. Make sure you get your MPN application in on time to avoid any delays.

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We’re always looking for new ways to improve our information and services. Take our survey and let us know your thoughts.

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What to do if your Medicare provider number is exposed in a data breach

We have measures in place to protect your details if you were affected by the Medibank Private and AHM data breach.

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Changes to MRI equipment eligibility for Medicare

More practices in regional and rural areas can now provide Medicare funded MRI services.

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Place your PBS stationery order now to get it before Christmas

To avoid running out of PBS stationery over the holiday period, place your orders by 30 November 2022.

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We’ve simplified the Pathology registration refund process

From 17 October 2022, payments will no longer be returned without notice when an application is rejected.

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Page last updated: 3 February 2022