GPs slow to take up telehealth

GP uptake of the Federal Government’s telehealth initiative has got off to a slow start, with just over 2000 Medicare items claimed for video conferencing in the first six months of the initiative.

Medicare data shows that a total of 2285 MBS items were claimed for GP consultations with a specialist using video conferencing between 1 July and end-December last year.

In contrast, video consultation by specialists, consultant physicians and psychiatrists hit 4548 – double the GP figure.

The Federal Government’s target is

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