Telehealth ‘existing relationship rule’ dropped for flood victims

Patients in 60 local government areas in NSW and Queensland are now eligible for unrestricted telehealth
Geir O'Rourke
Medicare money

More than one million patients affected by flooding have regained automatic eligibility for Medicare-funded telehealth, with the ‘existing relationship’ rule temporarily scrapped in disaster areas.

The exemption applies to any local government area declared a natural disaster zone as a result of the floods, which have already claimed the lives of more than 20 people after sweeping the eastern states.