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Transition to new health arrangements complete

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5 November 2012

Transition to new health arrangements complete

Australian Defence Force members would continue to receive top quality health care under the new arrangements with Medibank Health Solutions which came into full effect today, Commander-Joint Health Command Rear Admiral Robyn Walker said today.

In June 2012, Defence entered into a $1.3 billion, four year contract with Medibank Health Solutions. The contract covers on and off-base health support, pathology, imaging and radiology and a 24 hour, 365 day per year National Health Hotline service.

Defence and Medibank Health Solutions have worked closely in recent months to manage the transition to the new arrangements. All services have now transitioned.

“Our servicemen and women will continue to access the highest quality of health care services. Under this contract there will be no reduction in health care entitlements to ADF members,” RADM Walker said.

Defence retains full responsibility for, and oversight of the health services provided. The contract with Medibank Health Solutions contains stronger monitoring and quality assurance measures than under previous health commercial arrangements. The contract includes detailed performance measures and reporting requirements related to delivery of health care services and clinical governance.

“Medibank has secured a large range of specialist providers to support the contract with Defence,” RADM Walker said.

The contract terms between Medibank and specialists are a commercial matter between those parties. It would be inappropriate for other parties to become involved in those negotiations.

Media contact: Defence Media Operations: 02 6127 1999