Government Extends Telehealth Services
It has been announced that the forthcoming Federal Budget will include funding to extend telehealth services until the end of the year, instead of the scheduled June 30th end date. This means anyone seeking support from their GP, allied health provider or specialist can access services via phone or video conferencing. This announcement comes in light of a considerable uptake of the program, with over 13.5 million patients taking advantage of the scheme since its launch. Further details from the federal government are expected in May, including the cost to continue the program.
Occupational Therapy Australia welcomes the news, as occupational therapists delivering Medicare Benefits Schedule services through telehealth can continue to provide their expertise to their clients. Read more about the Government's announcement here.