Reading the fine print: Medicare telehealth changes to disadvantage rural and remote populations

Michael J. Weightman

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Abstract

The rapid uptake of telehealth has been a cornerstone of the response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and has ensured the provision of essential health care despite restrictions and lockdowns. Although not new technology, telehealth has dramatically increased in prominence and received broad acceptance by doctors and patients alike. Given its success, the Australian Government has confirmed the permanent retention of multiple telehealth item numbers within the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-539
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume216
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Community psychiatry
  • Rural health services
  • Telemedicine
  • Medicare

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