The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to South Australians, with the Marion Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (Medicare UCC) opening from 6 November at the Marion Domain Mental and Dental Centre.
This Medicare UCC delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment to make it easier for South Australians to get the urgent treatment they need – from highly qualified doctors and nurses – while taking pressure off local hospitals.
The Medicare UCC will be open for extended hours, 7 days a week, and offer walk-in care that is fully bulk billed.
Approximately 30 per cent of presentations to the Flinders Medical Centre are for non-urgent or semi-urgent care.
The Marion clinic will join the Elizabeth Medicare UCC which opened on 23 October providing services to South Australians for urgent care needs. The remaining three clinics will all be open before the end of the year.
The Albanese Government will continue to work closely with the Primary Health Networks and the South Australian Government to deliver the remaining Medicare UCCs.
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“The Marion Medicare UCC is going to make a big difference to patients across the southern suburbs.
“The Marion Medicare UCC will mean patients 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.
“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.”
Quotes attributable to Minister Picton:
“The Marion Medicare UCC will ease pressure on local EDs and be much more convenient for our communities – closer to home, at short notice, and bulk billed under Medicare.
“Locals will be able to walk in, see a doctor or nurse and access imaging and pathology services.
“This clinic will ease pressure on Flinders, allowing them to concentrate on higher priority emergencies.”
Quotes attributable to Louise Miller-Frost, Member for Boothby:
“I will always advocate for better healthcare for my community in Boothby. The opening of the Marion Medicare UCC will do just that, offering urgent care in the heart of the south, completely bulk billed.
“I know many families who have had to wait long hours at the Flinders Hospital emergency department for non-life-threatening issues.
“This clinic will help take the pressure off the Flinders Hospital emergency department but will also allow Boothby residents to access urgent and non-urgent treatment easier and quicker.”