There are currently 23 MBS items available for practitioners (including GPs, nurse practitioners and Aboriginal health workers) who provide patient-end clinical support during video consultations with a specialist, consultant physician or consultant psychiatrist. Table 1 provides a list of all MBS items relating to telehealth.
MBS rebates are available for patients who:
- are located outside of Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Area (RA) 1 classification (major cities), or
- access care from an eligible Aboriginal medical or health service, or
- live in an eligible residential aged care facility, and
- are located more than 15 km from the specialist who is providing the treatment.
Further information about eligibility for Medicare rebates is available from the Department of Human Services.