Medicare Australia has launched a new online service enabling customers to claim doctor’s consultation fees online and reduce the time taken to claim benefits manually at their local branch.
Human Services minister, Tanya Plibersek, said in a statement that the new online service would provide convenience to millions of Medicare customers.
“By first signing up to Medicare’s online services, and then entering the required details, customers will receive direct payments into their bank account,” Plibersek said in a statement.
Customers are required to select the person on the card who received the service, enter 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.
In an effort to avoid fraudulent activity, the service will have a maximum claiming amount of $250 per day or $550 per 30 days.
“For many Australians, lodging their Medicare claim at the practice will continue to be the most convenient option,” she said. “Claiming online is a great alternative for people who are unable to lodge their claim at the doctor’s or visit a Medicare office."
According to Plibersek, the online service will most likely appeal to people who already do their banking and pay their bills online.
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