Sick of Medibank move
By ED SOUTHORN
DEREK Andrews, 77, of Kingscliff was doubly disappointed when he tried to pay his Medibank Private premium at the Tweed Heads Centro shopping centre ? not only had the health fund office closed down, the next nearest office on the Gold Coast does not accept cash.
Mr Andrews, a pensioner, drove through the Tugun traffic to get to the Medibank Private office at The Pines shopping centre and was then forced to convert his $1575.60 annual premium from cash to two money orders.
"I had to drive up there and then find the post office, so it cost me $6 on top of my premium," Mr Andrews said yesterday.
Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot said that since the Tweed Centro shopfront office had closed before Christmas there was no Medibank Private office between the Gold Coast and Lismore, but three on the Gold Coast.
"It is not a fair distribution of services," said Ms Elliot, who also noted that the Government was reconsidering its ownership of Medibank Private.
A Medibank Private spokeswoman said 4000 customers had been sent letters advising of the Tweed office closure, patronage had been declining and the decision to close was taken only after careful consideration, including customers requesting relocation to The Pines which also has a Medicare office.