The Australian Government has announced that from 1 January 2022, patient access to telehealth services will be supported by permanent Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) arrangements.

These arrangements consolidate specialist telehealth into a single, national MBS telehealth program to provide continued access to video telehealth services for most (out of hospital) consultation items that can also be provided in person.

MBS rebates for specialist services by telephone will continue to be available for less complex or shorter subsequent consultations.

Download factsheet (pdf) for further information including implications for MBS billing practices from 1 Jan 2022.