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Midtown Medical Clinic Uncategorized Telehealth rule changes

Telehealth rule changes

The Medicare rules associated with Telehealth consultations are regularly changing.

At our practice there is an out of pocket expense for all Telehealth consultations.

Provided you have attended our practice for a face to face consultation within the last twelve months, or have seen one of our Doctors at a different location within the last twelve months, you will receive a Medicare rebate. If you have not seen one of our Doctors face to face within the last twelve months, you will be out of pocket the full consultation fee and receive no rebate from Medicare.

There are some exceptions to this, for example, if you are in isolation with COVID-19, are under 12 months of age, or homeless, the 12 month rule does not apply.

As from the 1st of July 2022, there will be no Medicare rebate AT ALL for long or extended TELEPHONE consultations. If you are requiring a long or extended consultation and cannot do this face to face, a VIDEO consultation must be booked. Provided you meet the above 12 month requirement, you will receive a Medicare rebate for these VIDEO consultations.

If you book online for either a telephone or a video consultation for our Doctors, you will be asked to securely provide your credit card details for payment to be taken after your consultation. If you phone us and we book an appointment for you, we will contact you after your appointment to arrange payment. 

After payment is made for medical consultations Medicare will then deposit their rebate into your nominated bank account.

The cost of the consultation and the rebate will depend on the length of time you spend with your Doctor.

The fees for both our telehealth and in-person consultations are located here.

We look forward to continuing to look after your health