The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
MEDICARE URGENT CARE CLINICS EXPAND IN TASMANIA
Following keen interest and extensive collaboration between the Australian Government and Tasmanian Government, an additional Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (Medicare UCC) will be established in Tasmania, taking the total number of Medicare UCCs to be established in the state to 4.
Medicare UCCs will soon provide bulk-billed care for locals with urgent medical needs over extended hours, 7 days a week.
Medicare UCCs will offer high-quality care for people who need to see a health professional with an urgent, but not life-threatening, problem.
These clinics, to be established in Devonport, Launceston and 2 in Hobart, will be funded by the Australian Government and the Tasmanian Government, with the intent to see patients as soon as practicable by the middle of the year.
More than 41% of presentations to emergency departments in Tasmania are classified as semi- or non-urgent.
The Medicare UCCs will accept walk-in patients and offer Tasmanian families more ways to get affordable medical care at short notice.
At the same time, the clinics will ease pressure on major hospitals across the state, allowing them to concentrate on higher-priority emergencies.
Providers are being identified through a Tasmanian Government tender process, which follows an Expression of Interest that closed earlier this year.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“Medicare UCCs are just one way the Australian Government is strengthening Medicare.
“Instead of spending hours in an emergency department, local patients will be able to visit a Medicare UCC, be seen by highly trained doctors and nurses, get X-rays or blood tests, and they will be bulk billed.”