telehealth

Happy Monday! The government has listened and telehealth has been extended.

FOR

THREE

MONTHS

Nothing I wrote earlier has changed.

The past 18 months have brought us much change. Some has been good; some not so good. Working from home has moved from code for ‘about to be sacked’ to the distributed workforce v1.0. All professions have learned to work through the pandemic. GPs are no exception. Telehealth has been our main tool for this.

We have always had the ability to do a lot of our work via the phone – but the funding model has never aligned with this. The friction of taking payment and the rules of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) have combined to force sick patients into waiting rooms, driving from their homes, to spread their bugs…just to get their insurance rebate for medical services.

PartridgeGP was in the vanguard of telehealth adoption, drawing upon our experience from rural and hospital work providing services by phone. Phone is where it’s at. We have Zoom, we have fancy teleconference abilities, but ill patients, the elderly, and those not blessed with fantastic IT and internet just want the phone. We are here to serve.

TELEHEALTH MEDICARE REBATES EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE 2021 ONLY

This is neither a fair shake of the sauce bottle nor does it cut the mustard.

1. The Medicare rebate is the patient’s rebate. In dripfeeding these rebates uncertainly, the government (the insurer) is NOT listening to the people.

2. The pandemic is still here. We are insulated in Australia by distance and wealth, with vaccines to come. This has not stopped State Governments across the country calling lockdowns on short notice. Lockdowns mandate telehealth. Lack of access to routine medical care is a timebomb.

3. Australia needs certainty to move forward. Constantly changing the rules is not leadership. We can’t stride forward on shifting ground.

4. Many telehealth services have been instead of, not as well as, face to face consults. Therefore they have been largely cost neutral – in a time where government services and public servants have not lost a cent.

If you want the safety and convenience of YOUR rebate for general practice services by telephone continued – contact YOUR MP and let them know!

Nicolle Flint

Greg Hunt

PartridgeGP works with you to help you make your best health decisions, and we won’t back away from being your companion, guide, advisor, and sounding board through your health journey. We pride ourselves on great communication and we’re ready to share our professional skills and knowledge with you. This is only MORE important now with new vaccines here to END the pandemic. The way forward is clear: make your appointment with us conveniently online right here – or call our friendly reception team on 82953200.

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