TOWNSVILLE residents have been urged to use Medicare’s new online claiming service to catch up with the rest of Australia.
Mi n i s t e r f o r Hu ma n S e r v i c e s T a n y a Plibersek said the new online service was easy to use and convenient.
Last month only 3642 local Medicare payments were claimed electronically, representing just 13 per cent of all Townsville and Charters Towers claims. The national average was 32.2 per cent. ‘‘ Medicare customers can now claim their benefits for some medical visits from the convenience of their own home,’’ Ms Plibersek said.
‘‘ By first signing up to Medicare’s Online Services, and then entering the required details, customers will receive direct payments into their bank account.’’
Ms Plibersek said the customer was required to select the person on the card who received the service, entering the doctor’s provider number, select the Medicare item number for the service, the date of service and the charge of the service – all printed on the doctor’s account. To guard against fraud, the maximum claiming amount was $ 250 per day or $ 550 per 30 days.
‘‘ Claiming online is a great alternative for people who are unable to lodge their claim at the doctor’s or visit a Medicare office,’’ Ms Plibersek said.
Customers can sign up for Online Services at www. medicareaustralia. gov. au/ online