Tuesday 9th February 2016 - 5:42 pm

PM talks of faster Medicare refunds

by Alan Thornhill

Malcolm Turnbull told Parliament today that the government wants Australians to be paid their entitlements as fast and efficiently as possible.

The Prime Minister was replying at question time to the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who had asked about a report in today’s West Australian that which said the government is planning to privatise both Medicare and the PBS.

Mr Turnbull said the government is always looking for ways of bringing the delivery of its services into the 21st Century.

Australians now commonly use their smart phones to transact their business.

Yet Medicare procedures are still firmly paper based.

So the government has been looking for ways to bring the large number of Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme transactions conducted each day into the 21st Century.

Mr Turnbull also said the only way young Australians could look forward to secure well paid jobs, in the longer term, was if their employers also kept their operations up to date in this way.

”This is about making it simple for patients to transact business with Medicare,” Mr Turnbull said.

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