Medicare and PBS remuneration to be outsourced

The Australian Government is calling for Expressions of Interest from the private sector to take on claims and payment services for Medicare and the PBS.

A Department of Health advertisement appeared in The Australian Financial Review last Friday, calling for “dynamic and innovative commercial solutions” to improve the current collection and payment system.

Currently, the Department of Health contracts the Department of Human Services to deliver the system, which remunerates doctors and other health professionals.

Combined, the Medicare and PBS payment system