A BULK-BILLED urgent care clinic is set to open at North Street Medical Centre, located on the corner of Great Northern Highway and North Street in Midland.
Brecken Health general manager Damian Green, the parent company of North Street Medical Centre, said from Monday 9am, December 11 the clinic will be operational.
“It’s exciting, it’s a big project for Midland and it should bring waiting times down and hopefully assist the GPs within the community with their backlog of patients,” he said.
Mr Green said that 18 doctors will be working at the centre on a rotational basis and that the federal government told them to expect about 50 patients a day through their doors.
Hasluck MHR Tania Lawrence said the Midland urgent care clinic is bulk billed under Medicare and will take pressure off St John of God Midland Hospital.
“I know many families who have had to wait long hours at the St John of God Midland emergency department for non-life-threatening issues,” she said.
“The Midland Medicare urgent care clinic is going to make a big difference to patients in my community.”
Federal Health and Aged Care Minister Mark Butler said those with non-urgent medical issues can present to the urgent care centre and receive bulk-billed care just by showing their Medicare card.
“The Albanese government is committed to strengthening Medicare and making it easier and cheaper to get quality healthcare, by tripling the bulk billing incentive and making medicines cheaper,” he said.
Mr Green said the urgent care clinic will be open from Monday to Friday 9-6, with weekend and public holiday operational hours being 9-5.
“Come February we’ll be extending trading hours probably until 8-7 but we’ll need to negotiate that with the government at a later date,” he said.