Telstra telehealth scheme a rival to all GPs: AMA

The AMA has accused Telstra of setting up in competition with every GP in the country following the launch of its new telehealth system.

ReadyCare, which was rolled out last week, allows members of the public to consult a GP by making a video or telephone call to a 1800 number for a fee of $69 plus GST.

There are no Medicare rebates for the service at present.

The 24/7 service is staffed by doctors taking calls in a dedicated telehealth centre in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria.

Its aim was to improve access