Number of individuals who are Medicare eligible, individuals with two Medicare cards

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Dear Services Australia,

I have a report titled ‘Final Report of the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers, Commonwealth of Australia 2017’. It states:

"At 30 June 2017, 24.9 million individuals were eligible for Medicare, and there were 14.1 million active Medicare cards. The number of Medicare cards is lower than the number of eligible persons because Medicare cards are issued to families, so not every individual has their own Medicare card. 1.4 million individuals were on two Medicare cards"

I am looking for any document or documents, that contains the following information, or from which it could be reasonably inferred:

1. Total number of individuals in Australia who are eligible for Medicare
2. Total number of active Medicare cards
3. Total number of individuals on more than one Medicare card
4. Total number of individual who are Medicare eligible, but for some reason do not have an active Medicare card

If at all possible, I am seeking a document that provides some sort of breakdown of these numbers by state.

Yours faithfully,



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Dear Faustus,


Please find attached correspondence from Services Australia dated 1 April
2022 in relation to your request for access under the Freedom of
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