GP telehealth rebates will be restricted to people in designated areas of need and after hours video conferencing restricted to people in aged care facilities as the federal government clings to its forecast budget surplus.
"Update from the department "The geographic eligibility criteria for patients will be amended so that only those services located outside of RA 1 Major Cities will be eligible. 2. A less than 10 minutes initial consultation item for specialists will be introduced. More information is available in the attached fact sheet which replicates information that is available on MBS Online from today. Please note at the 'Telehealth Eligible Areas' page, there is a link to the doctorconnect map locator which enables patients and providers to review the new geographic areas to determine their eligibility. " See attached fact sheet Attachment Size Fact Sheet - Telehealth 1 January 2013 .pdf  78.88 KB  http://www.ehealth.acrrm.org.au/system/files/comments-private/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Telehealth%201%20January%202013%20.pdf" by vsheedy