Medical clinic is slammed for charging a family $120 for a coronavirus test

Medical clinic is slammed for charging a family $120 for a coronavirus test because they didn't have their Medicare card – and health minister threatens to name and shame anyone not giving free swabs NSW Health Minister furious after family were charged $120 for Covid tests Brad Hazzard said he would publicly name the clinic if they 'don't get it fixed' He told a Sydney radio station that all coronavirus test should always be free 

By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:31 GMT, 6 January 2021 | Updated: 01:31 GMT, 6 January 2021

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A medical centre has been blasted by NSW's health minister after a family was charged $120 for Covid tests.

Brad Hazzard said he was furious after finding out the Western Sydney family were slugged with the costly bill because they did not have a Medicare card with them.

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He threatened to name and shame the medical clinic if the mistake was not corrected immediately - and any others who charged patients.

A New South Wales medical centre has been blasted by the state's health minister after a family was charged $120 for Covid tests (pictured, a drive-through Covid testing cente in Woolongong)

A New South Wales medical centre has been blasted by the state's health minister after a family was charged $120 for Covid tests (pictured, a drive-through Covid testing cente in Woolongong)

Long lines of people queue for COVID-19 testing at the Wollongong District Hospital in Wollongong, Wednesday, December 4, 2020

Long lines of people queue for COVID-19 testing at the Wollongong District Hospital in Wollongong, Wednesday, December 4, 2020

'I have already been on the phone to the Deputy Secretary for Health, and said to her in no uncertain terms that I want discussions with the particular facility that's doing the testing, to make it very clear that they do not charge. It is free,' he told 2GB on Wednesday.

'I'm so angry about it at the moment that if they don't get it fixed, then I'll be naming the particular laboratory.'

The issue came to light after NSW Labor MP Lynda Voltz complained that one of her constituents in her seat of Auburn was hit with the steep bill for

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