Minister Hunt: Keep telehealth accessible

Minister Hunt: Keep telehealth accessible

We all deserve to be able to access the healthcare we need, when we need it.

The changes to telehealth brought in during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis enabled more people to access the healthcare they needed remotely. 

But now Minister Hunt is rolling back access, by removing the Medicare subsidy available for telehealth appointments unless it's with your regular GP. 

That means that patients whose GP objects to providing certain types of reproductive or sexual healthcare (or can’t provide it) - will face extra financial barriers to accessing the care they need.

Now, more than ever, we know how important accessible healthcare is - can you add your name to the call for Minister Hunt to restore telehealth coverage for sexual and reproductive healthcare?

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From 20th July, planned changes will limit Medicare items for telehealth, and mean patients can only get a Medicare subsidy if they are a regular patient of a GP or practice, and have seen them in the last 12 months.

Many patients can’t access key reproductive and sexual health services - like medical termination of pregnancy, contraception, STI testing, or HIV prevention treatments - at their local GP. That may be because: the clinic doesn’t offer these specialist health services; the GP hasn’t completed the additional training required to provide it; or because their GP uses their religious beliefs to claim a ‘conscientious objection’ to providing certain reproductive and sexual health services.

You can find out more in this open letter from healthcare professionals.

To Health Minister Greg Hunt, 

We urge you to reinstate Medicare Benefits Schedule item numbers for sexual and reproductive telehealth services, including medical termination of pregnancy, STI consultations and HIV prevention treatment.

Signed,

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