Medicare processing bungle

Federal Lyons MP Brian Mitchell is looking into claims that a box containing medical data has gone missing between Tasmania and Victoria.


Mr Mitchell urges anyone who dropped their GP or medical centre receipt into the Launceston Centrelink Medicare drop box between late November and early December to check their account, to see if their rebate has been processed.


 “We’ve had reports in from residents that a box of hard copy receipts has gone missing on the way to Melbourne, where the paperwork is processed,” Mr Mitchell said.


“Of course, it would be much preferable if the processing was done in Tasmania, especially if the Government cannot guarantee the security of

Tasmanians’ private information in transit.”


Mr Mitchell says his office is “ready to assist anyone from Lyons, especially if they have trouble getting through to Medicare because of its appalling communications system”.