The Northside Medicare Urgent Care Clinic (Medicare UCC) is set to open in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, to cater to the urgent but non-life-threatening care requirements of Brisbane Northsiders.

The Northside Medicare UCC, which will open on 15 December, is located at the corner of Gympie and Brookfield Roads.

This clinic is part of the Australian Government’s initiative to make urgent medical treatment more accessible to Queensland residents, and alleviate pressure off local hospitals.

The Medicare UCC will operate seven days a week, with extended hours, and offer walk-in care that is completely bulk billed.

This new clinic is expected to ease the pressure off Prince Charles Hospital by attending to non-urgent or semi-urgent cases.

Approximately 50% of the total cases attended at the hospital comprise that of a non-urgent or semi-urgent nature.

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The Northside clinic will join eight other operational clinics in the region that are located at Bundaberg, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan (Browns Plains), Murrumba Downs (Redcliffe), Rockhampton, South Brisbane and Toowoomba.

Two more Medicare UCCs in Cairns South and Townsville are set to open before this year-end.

The Albanese Government will collaborate with the Queensland Government and Primary Health Networks for the delivery of remaining Medicare UCCs.

Australia Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler said: “The Northside Medicare UCC will mean people in this community who need urgent but non-life-threatening care, can get it quickly even if it’s outside standard hours – and all they’ll need is their Medicare card.

“The Northside Media UCC will be the 53rd Urgent Care Clinic open to treat patients across the country, with all 58 to be open before the end of the year.

“The Albanese government is committed to strengthening Medicare and making it easier and cheaper to get quality healthcare through our Medicare Urgent Care Clinics, by tripling the bulk billing incentive and making medicines cheaper.”