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A Bill for an Act to require photographic identification on Medicare cards to prevent misuse and fraud, and for related purposes
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Registered 14 Feb 2019
Introduced Senate 13 Feb 2019
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2016‑2017‑2018‑2019

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Human Services Amendment (Photographic Identification and Fraud Prevention) Bill 2019

 

No.      , 2019

 

(Senator Hanson)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to require photographic identification on Medicare cards to prevent misuse and fraud, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973                                                                     3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to require photographic identification on Medicare cards to prevent misuse and fraud, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Human Services Amendment (Photographic Identification and Fraud Prevention) Act 2019.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The day after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973

1  Section 3

Insert:

eligible person has the same meaning as in the Health Insurance Act 1973.

medicare card has the same meaning as in Part VII of the National Health Act 1953.

medicare card information means information contained on the front of a Medicare card, including the following:

                     (a)  the individual reference number of a person;

                     (b)  the medicare number of a person;

                     (c)  the family name, given name or names;

                     (d)  the medicare card holder’s photograph;

medicare number has the same meaning as in Part VII of the National Health Act 1953.

2  Before section 41C

Insert:

41A  Medicare card information

                   A medicare card issued to a person must include medicare card information.

41B  Minister to be satisfied of person’s eligibility and identity

                   Before issuing a medicare card to a person, the Minister must be satisfied:

                     (a)  that the person is an eligible person; and

                     (b)  of the identity of the person.

41BA  Payment obtained through fraud etc.

                   A person shall not by:

                     (a)  means of impersonation; or

                     (b)  false or misleading statement; or

                     (c)  fraudulent use of a medicare card;

obtain a benefit or payment in respect of the supply of benefits under:

                     (d)  this Act; or

                     (e)  the Health Insurance Act 1973; or

                      (f)  the National Health Act 1953.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years, or 50 penalty units, or both.