From 1 July 2016, Medicare benefit cheques are stopping. This means your patients/claimants will need to register their bank account details with Medicare so their benefit can be paid directly into their bank account via EFT. This change excludes Pay Doctor via Claimant (PDVC) cheques, which will continue to be issued.
This change was announced in the 2015-16 Federal Budget and will ensure all claimants have access to their Medicare payments faster. Medicare customers continue to be informed about this change through various communication channels where they are encouraged to register their bank account details.
What you need to do
Advise your patients/claimants that from 1 July 2016, Medicare benefit cheques are stopping and that they will need to register their bank account details with Medicare in order to receive their payments. Claimants can register their bank account details:
- online—by using their Medicare online account via myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- by completing a Bank account details Collection form available at humanservices.gov.au and using the drop box at a service centre or mailing to us, or
- by calling 132 011.