A new study illustrates why the MBS bean-counters aren't keen on telehealth

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Telehealth has been put through its paces in various studies over the past few years. Some say it’s more efficient than face-to-face consultations. Some say it’s not as good. Some say it’s suitable for certain patients but not others.

In Australia, however, all of these views end up falling at the same final hurdle — a lack of MBS funding. Without reimbursement, very few doctors will use the technology.

It’s up to the bean counters at the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) to decide what’s funded under the MBS. Next time the MSAC

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