Department of Human Services Efficiencies - Move all Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme payments to Electronic Funds Transfer or online

Department of Human Services Efficiencies - Move all Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme payments to Electronic Funds Transfer or online

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2016, Medicare rebate and Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) refund payments will be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) into the customer’s bank account.

Customers will need to register their bank account details with Medicare to receive their payment. Receiving payments by credit EFTPOS in service centres and by cheque will no longer be possible, with the exception of Pay Doctor Via Claimant Cheques.

This change will ensure customers no longer have to visit a service centre or wait to receive a cheque in the mail to access their Medicare payments. Receiving payments will be quicker and easier as they are sent directly to the customer’s bank account.

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure

This measure will impact Medicare and PBS customers who make a claim and have not registered their bank account details.

Who is eligible for this measure

All Medicare customers are eligible to receive their payments via EFT. Customers must register their bank account details with Medicare to receive their payments.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 24 May 2016

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