Updated: Nov 3
Title: MyMedicare: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
You need to choose your regular GP surgery. Patients can choose their preferred practice, provided they have had at least two face-to-face consultations at that practice within the previous 24 months. Children can also register with a general practice without these requirements if their parent is already registered.
What does the mean for your menopause consult?
If Samy Medical/Purity Health is nominated as your preferred practice:
- You will get a rebate of $80.10 for your standard video consults, instead of $41.40
- For your long video consults you will get a rebate of $118 instead of $41.40
- You will enjoy unlimited access to perimenopause/menopause/women's health troubleshooting bulk billed consults
Samy Medical and Purity Health work in partnership. This means that if you nominate Samy Medical as your preferred practice, you automatically nominate Purity Health and vice versa.
To register please scan the QR code below. The QR code takes an already set up form, all you need to do is add your email address and agree.
On 1 November 2023, the Australian government introduced MyMedicare. MyMedicare promises to enhance continuity of care, improve coordination between patients and their General Practitioners (GPs), and provide a range of benefits for all Australians. In this article, we'll delve into the key features, benefits, and privacy aspects of MyMedicare.
1. A Stronger Connection with Your General Practice
MyMedicare enables patients to formally link themselves to their chosen general practice and their GP. This connection is vital in ensuring that healthcare providers have a comprehensive view of a patient's medical history, enabling them to offer more personalized and effective care. Patients can choose their preferred practice, provided they have had at least two face-to-face consultations at that practice within the previous 24 months. Children can also register with a general practice without these requirements if their parent is already registered.
2. Enhanced Telehealth Consultations
One of the standout features of MyMedicare is the ability for patients to access longer telehealth consultations with their registered practice. Telehealth has become an essential part of healthcare delivery, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and MyMedicare embraces this trend to provide patients with more flexibility in accessing care.
3. Improved Coordination of Care
Coordination of care is a fundamental aspect of modern healthcare, and MyMedicare excels in this regard. By linking themselves to their chosen GP through MyMedicare, patients enable better communication and information sharing between their GP and other healthcare teams. For example, if a MyMedicare registered patient is admitted to a hospital, the hospital can easily access the patient's GP contact details through MyHealth Record, facilitating seamless communication between healthcare professionals and ensuring the patient receives the most coordinated and effective care.
4. Privacy Protections
Patient privacy is a top priority, and MyMedicare takes this seriously. A MyMedicare Privacy Notice will be made available to all patients before October 2023. This notice will detail the privacy protections and safeguards in place to protect patients' sensitive health information. Patients who want to review their privacy protections can access this information through the Department of Health and Aged Care and Services Australia websites.
5. Registration Process
MyMedicare registration will be open to patients from 1st October 2023. Patients can register through the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or Medicare Online services via myGov. Additionally, if a patient does not have access to these methods, practices can assist in registering patients on their behalf. Patients can choose to register at the general practice where they've had the most consultations, and if they consult multiple GPs within the same practice, they can register with the practice itself without selecting a specific GP.
6. Accessible to Department of Veterans Affairs Card Holders
An important aspect of MyMedicare is its inclusivity. Department of Veterans Affairs card holders are eligible for MyMedicare registration, irrespective of whether they currently hold a Medicare card. This ensures that veterans have access to the benefits of MyMedicare and can receive more coordinated care from their chosen GP and healthcare team.
MyMedicare is a significant leap forward in Australian healthcare, aiming to build stronger relationships between patients and their healthcare teams. By enabling patients to link themselves to their chosen general practice and GP, facilitating longer telehealth consultations, and enhancing coordination of care, MyMedicare promises to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered in Australia. With its strong focus on patient privacy and inclusivity, MyMedicare is poised to provide a healthier future for all Australians, promoting better health outcomes and improved patient experiences.
Samy Medical/Purity Health look forward to becoming your Mymedicare nominated preferred practice.
By Dr Purity Carr
GP and Menopause Specialist