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).
- Community psychiatry
- Rural health services