Health Minister Hon Greg Hunt advised the following on Friday 27th November 2020:
In particular, I’m pleased to announce that, for the long term, telehealth will become a permanent part of the Medicare system.
We have just passed 40 million telehealth consultations. They were introduced as a temporary item. But what we’re working on is ensuring that this is a permanent transformation in the Australian scheme.
There’s not been much good that’s come from COVID. One thing that has come from COVID is the fact that we have skipped a decade and jumped from 2030 to 2020 for the delivery of telehealth for all Australians. Universal, whole-of-population telehealth and it will now be permanent.
To view media release (Hon Greg Hunt) – Doorstop interview on 27th November https://waota.com.au/health-news/latest-media-statements-from-federal-and-state-government-wa/
Please check Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) website for updates regarding whether this will apply to DVA clients.