Telehealth services for patients : Submissions sought.

The Gillard Governmen has released a discussion paper seeking views on the most effective delivery of telehealth services for patients. The discussion paper asks for views on the clinical situations and medical specialties in which telehealth would be most helpful and how it will work in practice. The paper also seeks comment on the remuneration models that could be employed, the financial incentives to ensure uptake and ongoing participation in the model, the training and support required, as well as technical issues. The Department of Health will also be consulting stakeholders on telehealth issues through a new Advisory Group which will include professional medical colleges, peak medical and nursing bodies and consumer and aboriginal health representatives.

Submissions close on 27 January 2011

Commentary from " The Australia" on telehealth plan. Rural patients having remote video consultations with city-based medical specialists will not necessarily be in their GP's surgery. The first Medicare rebates for telehealth will become available from July next year

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