HIF enters a first-of-its-kind national partnership with AMA WA

Deal aims to increase COVID-19 rapid antigen test access

HIF enters a first-of-its-kind national partnership with AMA WA

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By Roxanne Libatique

Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) has teamed up with Western Australia's (WA) peak medical body Australian Medical Association WA (AMA WA) to increase rapid antigen test (RAT) access as the COVID-19 pandemic persists in the country.

The first-of-its-kind national partnership takes a member-first approach, creating access to RATs for all HIF members.

Starting on February 25, HIF members can directly purchase RATs at a discounted price, with the tests available in packs of five at a cost of $40 (+GST) for each pack, a 20% discount on RRP. The private health insurer will inform its members about the exclusive promo through its website, social media channels, and SmartHealth newsletter, and provide a unique link to the AMA WA website, where they can access member-priced RATs with the inclusion of shipping.

HIF chief executive officer Justin James commented: “As COVID-19 case numbers continue to ebb and flow across the country, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for members to access the necessary supplies. The more avenues we can provide, the easier it will be for members to get a hold of these important tests.

“We take a member-first approach in all that we do, and that includes finding helpful ways to assist our members in navigating the pandemic with great partners like the AMA WA.”

AMA WA will continuously monitor the RAT supply to provide ongoing communication for members as stock levels change.

Commenting on the partnership, AMA WA CEO Dr. Bennie Ng said the organisation is pleased to be a part of the initiative and proactively help HIF members to respond to COVID-19.

“It's great to be working with HIF to increase accessibility of much-needed COVID-19 supplies. We feel this will be crucial when WA’s case load increases, providing an easily accessible option for members to obtain these tests,” Ng said in a statement.

The unique link for discounted access will be available in the coming weeks.   

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