Medi­care on­line

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

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

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