COVID-19 'bonus' arrives next week, but patients need confirmed diagnosis

Health department has also revealed the new Medicare item is available for face-to-face consults at home or in aged care

GPs will be able to collect Greg Hunt’s $25 bonus for treating patients with COVID-19 from Monday, but the diagnosis has to be confirmed beforehand via a positive lab test.

Greg Hunt
Greg Hunt.

The new MBS item can be claimed alongside any other Medicare item but only when the GP sees the patient face to face in the practice, during home visits or during aged care visits.