PIP payments fall $1.5 million after govt imposes 'unfair' telehealth rule

The Federal Government is excluding telehealth consults from its calculations

GP practices are losing income from the $350 million Practice Incentives Program because health officials are "underestimating" their patient load by ignoring consults they are doing via telehealth.


Under the system, the Department of Health calculates a number of the incentives based on patient load measured in Standardised Whole Patient Equivalents (SWPEs).

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