Objective 4.1

Innovation in exports and the shift to digital is supported and promoted

Action 4.1C

The Government will extend COVID-19 telehealth arrangements and reform the Medicare Benefits Schedule to remove barriers to the delivery of telehealth services.

Department of Health

Industry
recommendation/s
Description
Government response
Related Action/s
18A

Support the removal of unintended barriers to services by continuing the arrangement that allow Australians to access Medicare-subsidised telehealth services past September 2020.

Agreed
18B

The Australian Government to prioritise broad-based reform of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to remove barriers to delivering health services through digital and connected platforms.

Agreed-in-principle

Progress to date

The Government extended the temporary Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) telehealth arrangement introduced as part of the national COVID-19 emergency health response.

The Government announced on 26 April 2021 that it was extending Telehealth arrangements to the end of 2021.