GP telehealth scheme should stay, say MPs

A cross-party committee has recommended extending the service beyond the pandemic

Medicare telehealth items should be made permanent beyond the coronavirus pandemic period, but any changes shouldn't result in a diminishing of face-to-face GP services, a parliamentary committee says.

A cross-party committee looking at the future use of technology said in an interim report tabled last week that telehealth had been very successful as a means of increasing patient choice and control over their health services.

The service was especially important for rural and regional areas.

"It is important that any