Federal Budget Extends Video Telehealth Reimbursements
The Australian federal budget announcement has been made! Telehealth services will be extended until 31st December 2021 with a further $204.6 million investment.
The Australian Government is investing an additional $204.6 million to support continued access to universal telehealth for all Australians, building on prior investment of $3.6 billion since March 2020. Now that there is clarity around telehealth’s future in Australia, your practice can confidently proceed with video telehealth, knowing you’ll see a great return on your investment.
The Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) items that have been extended until 31st December 2021 include the following types of services:
- General Practitioners
- Allied Health and Allied Mental Health Attendances
Rumour also has it that as of 1st July 2021, the Federal Government will drop 14 of the top paying COVID-19 phone consultation items for GPs, leaving in place only two MBS items, one for a short consult of less than 6 minutes and the other for consults less than 20 minutes. Reported by The Australian Doctor.
Video telehealth is not a replacement or substitute for traditional face-to-face care, but rather an additional option to increase the accessibility of services that patients will continue to use into the future. And with 44% of Australians saying they would switch to a GP that offers video telehealth, you cannot afford not to provide this service.
What does that mean for your practice? It means it’s time to get Coviu, the Australian Government’s video telehealth platform of choice. Plus, it takes only minutes to set up. Let’s get started!