TeleHealth made permanent …

Permanent telehealth to strengthen universal Medicare

The Australian Government is investing $308.6 million to strengthen Australia’s primary care health system, building on our significant investment and reform to date.

Portrait of Greg Hunt

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged CareDate published: 13 December 2021Media type: Media releaseAudience: General public

The Morrison Government is investing $308.6 million to strengthen Australia’s primary care health system, building on our significant investment and reform to date.

Telehealth will become a permanent feature of primary health care, which has been transformational to health care delivery and underpinned much of the Government’s successful COVID-19 response.

Primary health care is a key pillar of our health system. As the first point of contact for most Australians, our primary health care system is the front line for patients and their families, managing complex and chronic health conditions and reducing demand on specialist services and emergency departments.

To continue to support Australia’s primary care system, our government is investing $308.6 million, including:

  • $106 million for a permanent telehealth for Australian patients
  • $58.8 million to support Australian’s mental health with Better Access to vital services
  • $41.2 million to deliver better health services in regional and rural Australia
  • $77 million to improve access to Medicare
  • $25.6 million to support our COVID-19 efforts through Primary Care

This funding builds on the $180 million investment to support primary health care in managing COVID positive patients in the community. It also builds on the $700 million invested in primary health care in the 2021–22 Budget, and $1.6 billion over the previous three Budget updates to strengthen primary health care in Australia.

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