Strengthening Medicare: more Urgent Care Clinics

Media event date:
13 May 2024

Date published:
13 May 2024

Media type:
Media release

General public

The 2024-25 Budget is delivering on the Albanese Government’s promise to make it easier to see a doctor.
This Budget is investing a further $227 million so thousands more Australians can get the free urgent care they need with 29 additional Medicare Urgent Care Clinics.
This will bring the total number to 87 Medicare UCCs open across the country, offering walk-in care, seven days a week over extended hours, completely bulk billed.
The Government is also providing additional funding for Medicare UCCs located in regional, rural and remote Australia.
There have been almost 400,000 visits to Medicare UCCs across Australia.
Almost one in three visits have been for children under the age of 15.
Over a third of visits have been outside of normal working hours.
Half of all patients that have presented to UCCs say they would have otherwise gone to an Emergency Department.
The Government will continue to work closely with state and territory governments and Primary Health Networks on the implementation of these Medicare UCCs.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“Medicare Urgent Care Clinics are already fulfilling their promise by making sure Australians can walk in and receive urgent care quickly and for free.
“The Albanese Government is building on the program’s success by increasing the number of Medicare Urgent Care Clinics nationally from 58 to 87.
“Medicare Urgent Care Clinics are making a difference, for patients and for busy hospital emergency departments.
“More UCCs, in more locations, and all patients need is their Medicare card.”

Author: ibm1

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