GP corporate boss calls for telehealth rebate cut

Dr Hamish Meldrum says rebates for phone consultations should be reduced to encourage more care via video

The boss of a major GP corporate wants Medicare rebates for telephone consults cut by $1 to encourage a bigger uptake of video-based consults.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum.

It has been estimated that 3% of the telehealth consults offered over the last five months have used video.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, a director of Ochre Health which operates more than 40 GP practices, says there is a risk