A decades-long fight for telehealth services in rural Australia could finally be at an end with the Federal Government committing to expand its Medicare subsidies.

Key points:

  • The Government extended Medicare subsidies for telehealth services as part of COVID-19 measures
  • The measures are due to expire in September, but rural doctors and allied health professionals wanted them to continue
  • Minister for Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton has flagged the rebates could continue permanently in some form

That program is due to finish in September, but Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton said he will work with the rural health sector to continue to offer rebates for rural telehealth services.

“I’m confident that telehealth is here to stay [and] we’ll be working with the sector to make sure that we come up with a more permanent process for telehealth that we’ve finetuned, and that it’s something that works well for the practitioners as well as the patients.

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