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  • Medicare covers the cost of treatment in public hospitals and subsidises the cost of a wide range of health services and medications.
  • You may choose only to have Medicare cover or to have private health insurance as well.
  • Medicare allows you to visit a bulk-billing doctor and receive free medical treatment. 
  • Medicare does not cover ambulance fees. You will need to organise this separately – either directly with Ambulance Victoria or through a private health insurer. 
  • Registering your family for the Medicare Safety Net could save money on your medical costs. 

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Reviewed on: 20-10-2015