Budget 2020: Extra funds for ongoing telehealth, national device tracking system

The Australian government has allocated $18.6 million in addition to the $2.4 billion it has already announced for telehealth in its COVID-19 emergency response to build an interim system to support ongoing telehealth in the future.

It will also fund the introduction of a unique device identification system for implanted medical devices to the tune of $7.7m, along with the development of a medicines unique identification framework.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Budget 2020


+1 # Andrew Baird 2020-10-08 15:50
It's good to see that the Australian Government has made a commitment to ongoing MBS funding for telehealth. 

So, telehealth will continue as it is until 31 March 2021. 

Is there any indication of what will happen on 1 April 2021? 

What will be the 'interim system to support ongoing telehealth in the future'?.

Does anyone know if there is a 'Telehealth Taskforce', or some similar entity, to address needs assessment, planning, and evaluation for telehealth? Will access to telehealth be equitable for all Australians?

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