Rise of 'corporate telehealth' a threat to patient care, warns RACGP president

Dr Harry Nespolon says he fears for a 'new Edelsten' era unless MBS rules are tightened up

The RACGP wants doctors banned from the new telehealth items unless their practice is open at least four hours a day for face-to-face consults. 

Harry Nespolon
Dr Harry Nespolon.

The items have already been claimed more than 3.7 million times since their introduction last month.

But there is growing concern over the rise of telehealth corporates cashing in on Medicare-funded phone and video consults,