The Albanese Government has delivered on its commitment with all 58 Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (Medicare UCCs) open and operating before the end of 2023.
The final two Medicare UCCs, Broome (WA) and Morphett Vale (SA), opened their doors today.
Medicare UCCs are delivering on the Albanese Government’s commitment to make it easier for Australians to get the urgent treatment they need – from highly qualified doctors and nurses – while taking pressure off local hospitals.
Medicare UCCs are open seven days a week, extended hours and offer walk-in care that is fully bulk billed.
Across all Medicare UCCs, the largest proportion of patients have been children, with approximately 1 in 3 visits from someone under 15 years old.
One in three visits have taken place on the weekend.
Of visits taking place during weekdays, almost 1 in 5 have taken place at 6pm or later.
The Albanese Government will continue to work closely with Primary Health Networks and state and territory governments to support the operation of Medicare UCCs nationally.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“All Medicare UCCs are now open, delivering on the Albanese Government’s promise to have them open by the end of 2023.
“The Medicare UCCs will mean people across the country over summer who need urgent but not acute care, can get it quickly even if it’s outside standard hours – and all they’ll need is their Medicare card.
“When your kid falls off their new Christmas bike, or you get a deep cut on a rock down the beach, instead of spending hours at the Emergency Department you’ll be able to come to the Medicare UCC.
“Only the Albanese Labor Government promised Medicare Urgent Care Clinics at the last election and it is only this Government that who will continue to strengthen Medicare.”