Members of the Australian Defence Force will be now have access to on-base health support, pathology, imaging and radiology and a 24-hour national health hotline through Medibank Health Solutions (MHS), in a deal worth $1.3 billion.
According to minister for defence science and personnel Warren Snowdon, the health and wellbeing of its servicemen and women is a priority for the department.
"The agreement will support Defence's goal of seamless health care from point of injury to recovery," he said (June 28).
"This contract with MHS will also assist Defence to streamline the delivery of health services, and optimise current services through the adoption of new innovations and technology."
Transition of contracted health services will be completed by November 5.
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