Medicare outsourcing a risk to privacy and jobs: critics

The health department last week called for expressions of interest (EOI) from the private sector to provide claims and payments services for Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

“The government is committed to cutting red tape in the health system and is seeking to streamline and simplify systems for patients, doctors and other health providers,” Health Minister Peter Dutton said, announcing the move on Friday. 

He said a “market test” would determine the level of private interest in providing those IT services for the departments of health and veterans’ affairs.

“The commercial sector may be able to provide a better service to Australians at a lower cost to the taxpayer. If so, patients, doctors and the government will reap the benefits and savings.”

Media reports have speculated banks and post offices could be interested in contracting for MBS and PBS services now conducted