Hunt gives GPs a $700m financial lifeline

Telehealth items for all patients and bulk-billing incentives double in Minister for Health's $600m emergency package

From today, all patients will be able to access Medicare-funded telehealth, including care plans and mental health treatments, with any GP, no matter where they are in Australia.


It means an end to the restrictions on the telehealth items that have been in place, limiting them to vulnerable Australians — such as those with chronic disease.

GPs will still be required to bulk-bill all the items.

However, in a critical move, the Federal Government is now promising by the end of the