Funding for non-Medicare patient COVID-19 vaccinations

The Australian Government Department of Health has provided funding to WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) to allocate for the provision of COVID-19 vaccinations for non-Medicare patients.

WAPHA can reimburse general practices to the value of the relevant MBS item number to support non-Medicare patients being vaccinated against COVID-19.

General practices can only be reimbursed for services administered between 4 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.

Claims for some historical vaccinations may be accepted, however this would be decided on a case-by-case basis.

As reimbursement can occur from now until the end of June 2022, WAPHA is keeping the process simple.

The invoicing process and requirements for reports from practices will be minimal (reports would include: numbers vaccinated, dose interval and any good new stories).

Note: To claim, practices will be required to declare reimbursement (ie. private fee charge) has not already been received for the services claimed.

WAPHA understands some practices are not taking part in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

However, practices with a large cohort of non-Medicare patients wishing to make the most of available funding can be supported to submit an expression of interest to join the program.

Note: Being a provider of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) is a requirement for joining the COVID-19 vaccination program and sites must be able to meet relevant site requirements.

Please contact the Practice Assist team for further information.