Govt dumps COVID-19 'hotspot' exemption for telehealth

Patients isolating under public health orders will still be able to claim telehealth irrespective of a pre-existing relationship with the GP

Patients in areas of high COVID-19 transmission have lost automatic eligibility for Medicare-funded telehealth, with exemptions to the ‘existing relationship’ rule no longer applying in COVID-19 hotspot areas.

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Commonwealth-designated hotspots covered all of NSW between August and October last year, along with the ACT and much of Victoria and Tasmania.

However, hotspot status ends within a particular state or territory once 80% of its over-16s are fully vaccinated, according to the