Australia to expand Medicare-funded telehealth to all patients

The Australian government has expanded the MBS telehealth items for the coronavirus to cover general practitioners and health professionals in at risk groups, such as those who are over 70 or have a chronic medical condition, from today.

According to AMA, the government will also announce a comprehensive telehealth model of care at the end of the week that will open telehealth consults to all patients, with or without Covid-19, from GPs and medical specialists. This will include mental health and allied health consultations.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Telehealth


0 # Angela Conway 2020-03-24 11:04
This manipulative drip feed of telehealth items with constant variations, DB4 fiasco and forced bulk billing is proving almost as disruptive, costly and stressful as managing covid 19. The Department and Minister (and apparently the AMA) have together ensured that our transition costs and stress levels have easily doubled. Staff and doctors are stressed and worried, patients are confused and frustrated.What we needed was simple provision of telehealth items equivalent to the usual items and able to fit coherently into our fee structures,publ ished information and advisories before the beginning of last week. The distrust of and disrespect to doctors in private practice and the insinuation that we are all overcharging and potentially fraudulent is palpable.And now we are forced to have Covid 19 eligible doctors effectively disclosing health conditions or age to their patients if they choose to use the covid item. A Conway

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