Govt offers ‘short-term fix’ for telehealth bulk-billing headache

The RACGP stressed it was a stopgap measure as GPs waited for legislative change.
Dr Nicole Higgins.

The RACGP says the administrative headache of written consent forms for bulk-billed telehealth appointments will ease slightly with digital forms that integrate practice software.  

Medicare infuriated GPs last month with guidance that said patients had to either consent to bulk-billing for telehealth consults over email or, if they consented verbally, GPs had to fill out forms and send copies to the patient.