The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has awarded health insurance provider Bupa a three-year tender to provide visa health checks and a range of other medical and processing services for the Australian Government.
The appointment will see Bupa establish and operate a number of purpose-built medical assessment centres in major Australian cities, and also manage a network of approved medical clinics in regional areas.
‘Commencing mid-year, these facilities will provide medical services and health checks to ensure that people applying for visas to migrate permanently or stay temporarily in Australia, satisfy health requirements specified in Australian migration regulations,’ the company stated in a media release.
‘Bupa has widespread experience in delivering outstanding quality health and medical services, both locally and internationally. We already have medical clinics in the UK, Poland and Hong Kong so in many ways, this new endeavour is a very natural fit for Bupa.’
The agreement will cover onshore medical services, offshore medical results processing, relevant ongoing health undertakings and maintenance of clinical notes.
Approximately 250,000 visa applicants are required to undergo health checks in Australia each year.