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Telehealth, Modernising medicare

Telehealth, Modernising Medicare By Providing Rebates For Online Consultations
From 1 July 2011 people in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas of Australia will have access to telehealth; an initiative allowing patients to have video consultations with a range of medical specialists. This will provide patients with easier access to specialists, without the time and expense involved in travelling to major cities.

Financial Incentives

  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Telehealth On-Board (one-off) $6,000 $4,800 $3,900 $3,300
Telehealth Service (specialist) $60 $48 $39 $33
Telehealth Service (patient-end) &40 $32 $26 $22
Telehealth Bulk Billing &20 $16 $16 $11
RACF On-Board Incentives (one-off) $6,000 $4,800 $4,800 $3,300
Telehealth Hosting Service Incentives &60 $48 $48 $33


From July 2011 Australian government has introduced new financial incentives for healthcare professionals and residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF’s) in order to encourage and support providing telehealth services to Australians in eligible areas.

These financial incentives will encourage:

• Eligible Telehealth Practitioners to provide Telehealth Services to their patients;
• Eligible Practitioners to Bulk Bill Telehealth Services; and
• RACFs to provide Hosting Services to their residents.