Medical clinic is slammed for charging a household $120 for a coronavirus check as a result of they did not have their Medicare card – and well being minister threatens to call and disgrace anybody not giving free swabs
- NSW Well being Minister livid after household had been charged $120 for Covid checks
- Brad Hazzard mentioned he would publicly identify the clinic in the event that they ‘do not get it fastened’
- He instructed a Sydney radio station that every one coronavirus check ought to all the time be free
A medical centre has been blasted by NSW‘s well being minister after a household was charged $120 for Covid checks.
Brad Hazzard mentioned he was livid after discovering out the Western Sydney household had been slugged with the expensive invoice as a result of they didn’t have a Medicare card with them.
He threatened to call and disgrace the medical clinic if the error was not corrected instantly – and any others who charged sufferers.
A New South Wales medical centre has been blasted by the state’s well being minister after a household was charged $120 for Covid checks (pictured, a drive-through Covid testing cente in Woolongong)
Lengthy strains of individuals queue for COVID-19 testing on the Wollongong District Hospital in Wollongong, Wednesday, December 4, 2020
‘I’ve already been on the telephone to the Deputy Secretary for Well being, and mentioned to her in no unsure phrases that I would like discussions with the actual facility that is doing the testing, to make it very clear that they don’t cost. It’s free,’ he instructed 2GB on Wednesday.
‘I am so offended about it for the time being that if they do not get it fastened, then I will be naming the actual laboratory.’
The difficulty got here to mild after NSW Labor MP Lynda Voltz complained that one in every of her constituents in her seat of Auburn was hit with the steep invoice for getting a swab.
She went on to criticise the state authorities for not doing sufficient to verify susceptible individuals weren’t being taken benefit of throughout the pandemic.
‘I’ve seen the receipt. This occurred at a clinic that’s marketed by NSW Well being as a testing centre,’ she mentioned.
‘This isn’t the primary occasion nor the primary clinic that has been dropped at my consideration by native residents who’re being instructed they need to pay for a check.’
Mr Hazzard mentioned that regardless of the challenges of the coronavirus disaster either side of politics have largely labored collectively very properly.
NSW Labor MP Lynda Voltz (pictured left) criticised the state authorities and Well being Minister Brad Hazzard (pictured proper) for not doing sufficient to verify individuals aren’t being taken benefit of throughout the pandemic
Picutred: Pedestrians are seen carrying masks in Sydney on January 2, 2021
He additionally praised cooperation between the personal and public well being sector.
‘When you have a medicare card and you might be at one of many privately-run clinics you might have to current your medicare card however that’s no cost to you,’ he mentioned.
‘If you’re at one in every of our NSW Authorities-run pathology clinics then they do not ask for something.
‘So the tip outcome needs to be that it is completely free.’
The Well being Minister spoke at a media convention later that morning the place he defined that checks had been additionally free for guests.
He mentioned for the previous 10 months many voters from different international locations have basically been ‘locked in’ and are not in a position to go away Australia attributable to Covid restrictions.
‘I bear in mind issuing an instruction on the time, in the event you wanted well being providers, even in our hospitals, main issues, it is free,’ Mr Hazzard mentioned.
‘Do not ever hesitate to get the providers you want by our state well being system… in the event you’re a resident of NSW or a customer, inform them it is free.’
The state recorded 4 new locally-acquired coronavirus circumstances Previously 24 hours, with two linked to the mysterious Berala cluster which has now stands at 16 infections.
The state recorded 4 new locally-acquired coronavirus circumstances Previously 24 hours (pictured, a Sydney practice on December 3)