Voluntary patient enrolments

In the 2019-20 Budget, the Government announced a Voluntary Patient Enrolment (VPE) initiative for patients aged 70 years and over. The Government subsequently announced the extension of this measure to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.

Page last updated: 06 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the delivery of health care and highlighted the importance of providing access to non-face to face care to the Australian population. In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government introduced temporary MBS telehealth items for primary care to allow doctors, nurses, allied health providers and specialists to deliver services via telehealth. As a result of COVID-19 and the introduction of the temporary MBS telehealth items, the previously agreed VPE funding model did not commence on 1 July 2020.

The Government remains committed to implementing a revised patient enrolment model and its investment in primary care. The Government is actively working with health and system experts, including the Primary Health Care Reform Steering Group, on a revised patient enrolment model as part of the 10 Year Primary Care Plan. The 10 Year Plan is expected to be delivered in time for Budget 2021-22.

Further information will be provided as soon as possible.