A windfall awaits many who haven’t registered with Medicare
ABOUT 670,000 Australians are out of pocket by an average of $150 each because they haven't provided Medicare with their current bank account details.
By using the Medicare Express Plus app or through your myGov account your details can be registered.
It then only takes a matter of a few days for Medicare to deposit any outstanding claim money.
Medicare regularly reminds patients to keep their bank account details up to date. It will again send a letter to affected people over the next few weeks to help reinforce that message.
The average amount owed to each individual is about $150, but some people could be missing out on far more if they are regular visitors to their doctor or have had treatment for a serious medical condition the Medicare notice states.
If you don't have a bank account you can nominate a friend, relative or even an institution to receive their payment on their behalf.
The Department of Human Services is also reminding seniors that scammers posing as Medicare have been known to contact people asking for their bank account details. "As recently as late last year, scammers were actively targeting people through SMS messages that urged them to click on a hyperlink to claim their outstanding Medicare rebates," the Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation Michael Keenan said.
"While the department does call, SMS or email people from time to time, it never includes hyperlinks in emails or text messages for you to click on.
"The reminder letters that will be going out shortly will contain clear instructions about what you need to do. But if you have any doubts when you receive this correspondence, you can always call us or visit one of our hundreds of service centres around the country."
For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au/medicareonline.