Medi­care trial eases load for new par­ents

Canning Times - - NEWS -

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.

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