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Billing for a newborn and don’t have their Medicare number?

We can help you check their Medicare details.

Your practice, a doctor or parents can call us to get the Medicare number if the newborn’s been enrolled but the parents haven’t yet got the card.

It’s also quick and easy for you to look up details in HPOS.

If the newborn isn’t yet enrolled in Medicare, parents can do this using their Centrelink online account through myGov, the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app, visit a service centre or by post. They will need to submit the Newborn Child Declaration form they got from the hospital or birth centre.

If parents don’t have the Newborn Child Declaration form, they can enrol their newborn by submitting a Medicare Enrolment Application form and 1 proof of birth document at a Medicare service centre.

If there’s an urgent need for a Medicare card, parents can go to a Medicare service centre with the appropriate form and have the Medicare enrolment done on the spot. We will give them a Medicare number to use straight away.   

As long as the newborn is eligible for Medicare you can treat them and bulk bill later when you know their Medicare number.

Or, you can bill the parents and provide them with an invoice, so they can claim when the newborn has been enrolled.

Please note, if the newborn’s parents aren’t eligible for Medicare, the child may also not be eligible.

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Page last updated: 24 May 2017

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