Questions over eligibility rules for new rural telehealth items

A rural doctors' group has raised reservations about some of the eligibility rules for the new MBS telehealth items for rural and remote patients, including a requirement that patients have seen their doctor face-to-face at least three times in one year and that only video consultations will be covered.

The Department of Health plans to add 12 new items to the MBS on November 1, four for GP services and eight for services provided by non-specialist medical practitioners. The items apply to patients living in Modified Monash Model (MMM) 6 or 7 areas, which include the most remote parts of the country.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Telehealth, RDAA


# Lynne Everett 2019-10-10 12:02
I absolutely agree with Dr Coltzau; for one we already have issues with teleconferencin g where we just can't get the video to work but go ahead with a phone consult with a Specialist. There are multiple benefits to be gained from these items as long as both of the restrictions he argues against are removed, one of which is getting patients who have regularly seen a RAN but who haven't seen a doctor F2F a GP consult.

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