Lines out: $134m cut kills telehealth plans

The federal government has committed to a budget surplus this financial year and in a round of mid-year spending cuts said it would save $134.4 million over four years by scrapping telehealth rebates for people in outer metropolitan areas and major regional cities.

GPs in semi-metro areas far from major hospitals had already started rolling out telehealth facilities for specialist consults after the government announced a rebate 16 months ago, but have begun to rethink those plans following news of the