Claims Medicare claims will be slowed down “alarmist nonsense”

The Government has hit back at claims patients will be left out-of-pocket for medical bills for weeks. Federal health minister

The Government has hit back at claims patients will be left out-of-pocket for medical bills for weeks.

Federal health minister Sussan Ley has appeared on SkyNews overnight to dismiss claims you will be waiting longer for your Medicare refunds, after it was reported processing was to be outsourced and Medicare shopfronts had been closed.

Ley told SkyNews there was no truth to the claims patients undergoing expensive medical treatments could be left out of pocket for weeks, and that you will still be able to claim your Medicare refunds in exactly the same manner as before.

The health minister explained that instead of claims being processed at every single office they were collected at, Medicare forms would be processed at one of 15 centralised hubs instead.

“None of the scare that has been raised, yet again, and unfortunately continues to frighten vulnerable, elderly Australians, is correct. Not one, tiny bit of it,” Ley says.

Ley also wanted to dispel reports that staff would lose their jobs or be forced to move.

She described the reports as “alarmist nonsense”, highlighting that while up to 96 per cent of Australians make their Medicare claims online there will still be an opportunity for those to lodge claims in person or in a drop box as can be done now.

How do you make your Medicare claims? Have you ever had any difficulties with your claim? Are you concerned your claims will not be as efficient with changes to processing?

  1. Is there anyone out there who still believes these government claims? Surely not?

    They tell us baldfaced lies about Medicare whilst selling, undermining and trashing OUR Medicare, at the same time claiming Labor lied about it.

    • As an aged pensioner who has always been bulk billed, I now get a bill for $30 for a blood test with the message “No Medicare rebate entitlement for this test” The LNP are chipping away at the edges of Medicare & will sneak in other services that incur costs & hope we don’t notice. Labor’s Mediscare was no lie.

  2. FOR GOD”S SAKE HOW ARE THE ELDERLY
    THE SICK, AND POOR AND MENTALLY
    GOING TO COPE WITH THIS SYSTEM
    IS IT A PLOY TO KEEP THEM AWAY
    MAYBE THEN THEY WON”T BE
    A NUISANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT
    SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN SAVE MONEY
    DISCUSTING LOT THE LIBERALS
    THEY SHOULD BE KICKED OUT NOW
    THEY ARE SO CUNNING HOW ARE
    THE SICK AND ELDERLY GOING
    TO GET TO THESE DESTINATIONS
    CHEAPER I GUESS FOR THEGOVERNMENT
    TO LET THEM DIE DISCUSTING LIBERALS
    SHOULD BE SACKED BY THE QUEEN NOW.

  3. Dieter  

    Absolute correct.
    But from what I can see people are going to vote these bastards in again and again.
    Be it federal or state wide like here in WA.
    Reading the letters to the newspaper Barnett might win again and he is the biggest money squanderer in modern times.
    I just can’t believe how dumb some people are. Sorry for the word I chose but I can hardly use another one.
    Just ignore the LNP next time we vote and they might remember who is paying them. I voted all my life for them but not anymore. Never again.

    • Dieter, not just dumb, I’m afraid. Wilfully dumb. People MUST know what’s happening but they don’t care, or don’t understand or don’t want to make any effort to find out the truth, so just read Murdoch trash because it backs up their basest learned hatreds. Racism, denigrating the vulnerable, propping up millionaires and multinationals who pay no tax. I can’t believe how wilfully dumb Australians have become. I have friends and one daughter who’ve left Australia in disgust, permanently.

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