A new website has today (June 18) been launched to inform Australians about Medicare Locals and the services they provide.
Medicare Locals were established in 2011 and there are currently 61 dotted all over the country.
They have been designed to make sure decisions about health services are made by and in communities and are therefore tailored to local needs.
The government has invested a total of $1.8 billion in Medicare Locals. They provide after-hours GP consultations, support for those living with mental illnesses, immunisations and eHealth services.
More than 3,000 GPs, nurses and other professionals are currently employed in Medicare Locals and helping to make their communities more healthy.
The website shows a map of Australia split up into the 61 regions that contain Medicare Locals. It allows users to click on their region, and this takes them to a page that shows all of the health services provided by their nearest Medicare Local.
"This exciting new website builds on the work Medicare Locals are doing, by providing Australians with information about the important services on offer in their own communities," said health minister Tanya Plibersek.
You can check out the Medicare Locals website here.
Medicare provides universal health care for all citizens and permanent residents. However, you can also opt to organise private health insurance.
This can give you more options when it comes to medical treatments and services, and will cover the cost of items that do not fall under the Medicare schedule.
Such items include services performed outside of hospital including physiotherapy, myotherapy, chiropractic, podiatry and dentistry.
If you would like more information about setting up a health insurance policy, or would like a health insurance comparison to lay out your options, contact HICA today.