MBS and telehealth

Removes some of the barriers to accessing medical services for Australians who have difficulty getting to a specialist or live in rural and remote areas.

The Telehealth Financial Incentives Program ended on 30 June 2014. Financial incentives have not been paid for Medicare Telehealth services provided since this date.

There are no changes to Telehealth Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items. Providers will continue to receive higher Medicare benefits for Telehealth services.

Medicare benefits are available for video consultations between specialists and patients who are located in telehealth eligible areas. They are also available in eligible aged care facilities and Aboriginal Medical Services throughout Australia.

Medicare benefits are also available for clinical support provided by a health professional who is with the patient during the video consultation.

More information about Telehealth: Specialist video consultations under Medicare is at MBS Online on the Department of Health website.

Page last updated: 28 February 2019

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