Govt finally tries to fix ‘overly complex’ paperwork for bulk-billed telehealth consults

Draft laws would allow patients to give consent to bulk-billing for future consultations.
Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ged Kearney.

The Federal Government has finally started tackling the archaic paperwork rules for documenting consent for bulk-billed telehealth consults.

Last September, health officials told GPs that telehealth patients must give explicit consent to be bulk-billed, and if they did so verbally, GPs must complete an “approved form”, write “verbal consent obtained” on it, and send it to the patient by email or text.