There’s still no word yet on where or when the North-West Coast will get it’s own Medicare Urgent Care Clinic despite centres opening in Hobart and Launceston.
Earlier this year Prime Minister Athony Albanese announced Tasmania would get four of the clinics, which would bulk-bill non-urgent patients in a bid to ease the load on GPs and hospital emergency departments, with one in Launceston, two in Hobart and one on the North-West Coast, which was originally expected to open in July.
The Hobart clinic opened recently and the Launceston one started seeing patients in July, with hundreds of patients though its doors, who would have otherwise ended up in hospital emergency departments.
Premier Jeremy Rockliff says he’s looking forward to seeing the second Hobart clinic and a North-West one before the end of the year.
Although a site hasn’t yet been announced, it’s believed Devonport will be the most likely location.