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.