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RACGP urges deferral of telehealth compliance rules but acknowledges changes in telehealth are to be considered

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has urged the current postponement of telehealth compliance rules but acknowledges that Medicare rebates for longer telehealth phone consultations should be permanent asset of the scheme of telehealth. Dr. Bruce Willett, the The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Vice President, welcomes postponement as new compliance rules on general practice is not a viable option right now. The rules will be deferred till September. The VP of RACGP says that the new arrangements with regards to Medicare abatement for longer phone calls are important for the nation. Also, some patients are not comfortable and well-equipped with video technology. Therefore, the RACGP considers it a step backward for the patients as well as the system as a whole.

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