Medicare trial eases load for new parents
NEW parents are set to benefit from a streamlined Medicare enrolment process for babies born at Bentley Hospital.
As part of a WA-first trial launched in August, the hospital’s staff can now automatically enrol newborns for Medicare, the Medicare Safety Net and the Australian Immunisation Register.
Federal Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said the trial removed the burden on busy parents to complete the enrolments themselves once they left hospital.
“Bringing a new baby home is an exciting time for parents who shouldn’t be worrying about filling in Medicare forms when their hands are already full caring for their little one,” Mr Keenan said.
“This trial ensures all the hard work has already been done for them before they leave hospital.
“For those with a myGov account, you will also be able to view your new Medicare card details in your electronic wallet straight away.”
The trial has enjoyed a successful start at Bentley Hospital and has reduced the average time between birth and enrolment for participating parents from roughly 40 days to five.
Swan MP Steve Irons said the Bentley Hospital trial would benefit about 800 families a year.
“Not only will they benefit from greater convenience, but the early enrolment also means they can also start claiming Medicare benefits on behalf of their child sooner,” he said.
To assist families who don’t use Bentley Hospital, Medicare enrolment forms have also been simplified, with the introduction of a section specifically for newborn enrolments
Parents can post the form back to Medicare.