Former RACGP president defends 'virtual' GP clinic

A former RACGP president has defended the national launch of "virtual" GP clinics that connect patients over the phone or via video to random GPs for diagnosis, referrals and prescriptions.

The ReadyCare telehealth service was announced by communications giant Telstra on Wednesday with the pledge that it would deliver better healthcare to rural and remote Australians, and ease pressure on EDs.

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