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Demand for telehealth & virtual consultations skyrocket in the wake of COVID-19


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With the advent of Covid-19, Australia became one of the many countries to embrace telemedicine like never before. Here are a few interesting facts and insights on how the rise of this new industrial trend could lead to a permanent shift in the nation’s healthcare landscape:
  • GPs across the country estimate that around 40% of consultations can be conducted over the phone.
  • Advocates say that telehealth technology was extremely underutilised prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, and doctors are now hoping that Medicare funding for virtual consultations will be made permanent.
  • Currently, Medicare item numbers for telehealth are temporarily in place for GPs, specialists and many other health professionals, allowing them to bill for phone consultations.The temporary Medicare arrangements that allow doctors to bill for telehealth are in place until 30th September, after which they are due to be reviewed.
  • Most doctors are resorting to a mix of video and voice calls to connect with patients where appropriate, in place of face-to-face appointments.
  • During the peak restrictions in Western Australia, clinics reported that nearly 70% of their patients were being assessed remotely.
  • By the end of April, more than 5.4 million telehealth consultations were conducted around the country.
  • Dr. Harry Nespolon, president of RACGP stated that the number of consultations that could be done appropriately via telehealth facilities was approximately 40%.
  • According to Dr. Nespolon, for those who need to see their doctor face-to-face during the pandemic, general practices are still safe places for patients to attend.
  • Health & medical board officials regard telemedicine as an efficient way of delivering healthcare in certain situations, and the transition has meant more protection for patients, general practices and staff, while requiring less personal protective equipment (PPE) use.
  • Stay tuned for more industry updates!

Sources:  ABCINDVSTRVSThe Lancet

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