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UNCERTAINTY OVER FUTURE OF TELEHEALTH

March 11, 2021

Once again, uncertainty hangs over the future of telehealth.
 
In November, Health Minister Greg Hunt said, “telehealth will become a permanent part of the medicare system,” but the arrangements will end in three weeks, on 31 March, if not extended.
 
AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid said, “The current uncertainty over the future of temporary COVID 19 Medicare telehealth items means that patients and practices can't plan consultations beyond the end of this month, even though we are still in the middle of the pandemic.
 
“Telehealth remains fundamental to our national efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ending the temporary arrangements in a couple of weeks would be premature.”
 
Telehealth has played a critically important role in managing Australian’s physical and mental health during the pandemic – especially for those in regional and remote communities.
 
Scott Morrison as Acting Health Minister must urgently extend the telehealth measures.  

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