Medicare asking one million patients to hand-deliver cheques to pay doctors

There are renewed calls to reform the 90-day cheque scheme
Geir O'Rourke

Medicare is mailing more than 1.2 million paper cheques – totalling $320 million – for patients to pay their doctors, under a system dubbed a “living relic of the Gough Whitlam era”.

While billions of global financial transactions take place instantly every day, figures given to Australian Doctor show that the Medicare system is still using 1970s ‘technology’.