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Telehealth services extended until the end of 2021 | The Macleay Argus



Medicare-subsidised telehealth sessions will be extended until the end of the year, with plans to make it a permanent part of Australia’s health system. Telehealth was implemented in March 2020 to ensure the primary care sector would continue to function, and that Australians could continue to access essential health services. Between March 2020 and April 2021, more than 54 million telehealth services were delivered to 13.6 million patients, with $2.9 billion in Medicare benefits paid. More than 83,540 providers have used telehealth services. Health clinics across the NSW Mid and North Coast were strong adopters of telehealth phone and video appointments. According to North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) statistics, 85 per cent of…

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