General practices hit by telehealth funding cuts

Hundreds of general practices will be hit by the $130 million cuts to telehealth Medicare funding which were introduced this week.

Under the original scheme – launched in 2011 – GPs, practice nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners in remote, rural and outer metropolitian areas were eligible for rebates for sitting in on patient telehealth consults with “remote specialists”.

The idea was to increase access to specialist care through technology.

But from this month telehealth rebates will be