Medicare to pay $25 'bonus' to GPs treating COVID-19 patients

Greg Hunt says his new item can be claimed with any other item billed during a face-to-face consult

GPs are being offered a $25 ‘bonus’ payment for treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. 

Greg Hunt
Greg Hunt.

The new Medicare item, expected to be rolled out next month, will be claimed in addition to any item billed by the GP, provided the patient is treated face to face rather than via telehealth. 

The move is an attempt to deal with the expected rise in cases