Services Australia puts Medicare tech upgrade back on track

Technical staffing constraints that led the latest tranche of the federal government’s Medicare payments system upgrade to report a ‘red’ status all of last year are on track to be resolved.

A “significant number” of additional resources are now being thrown at phase three of the Health Delivery Modernisation (HDM) program, officials from Services Australia revealed at Senate Estimates on Wednesday.

It comes just a week after the Opposition demanded the government explain why the $138 million upgrade of the system used to deliver more than $50 billion in health and aged care payments each year had been left to languish.

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