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Reading the fine print: Medicare telehealth changes to disadvantage rural and remote populations

Michael J Weightman
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51529
Published online: 6 June 2022

To the Editor: 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).1

  • Michael J Weightman1,2,3

  • 1 Rural and Remote Mental Health Service of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
  • 3 Flinders University, Adelaide, SA



Competing interests:

The author is employed by the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service of South Australia, but did not make use of the MBS item number in question and will not be financially impacted by its removal.

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