telehealth bills are expected to increase for consumers by a significant amount in the first half of 2018.
Telehealth providers have already set up new offices and are already billing the health sector for more than 1,000 new customers.
The new telehealth tariff includes a range of new services such as “medical assessment” where consumers can pay a charge to collect medical information, “telehealth insurance” for people with existing medical conditions, and “health insurance”.
But it also includes more “essential” services such a “virtual assistant”, which is a telehealth service where consumers use technology to interact with health providers remotely, or “online assessment”, which allows them to access the service and see how they are doing.
It is unclear what the impact will be on the health industry.
In a statement on Thursday, the Australian Medical Association said the new teleprices were “a massive increase” for health services.
The AMA said it welcomed the introduction of the new tariffs but would be monitoring the new bills closely.
“The AGM welcomes the introduction, and is fully supportive of the introduction to protect patient health and safety, but we recognise that the new policies will only go so far in protecting the health and well-being of consumers,” the AMA’s executive director of consumer affairs, Mark Smith, said.
The health sector has been lobbying for these changes to the telehealth regulations for some time, with many stakeholders calling for a complete repeal of the old regulations.”
As previously stated, we will be monitoring these new telepharmaceuticals closely to ensure that consumers are protected, and we will continue to work with the industry and consumers to ensure consumer protections are maintained.”
The health sector has been lobbying for these changes to the telehealth regulations for some time, with many stakeholders calling for a complete repeal of the old regulations.
The ACCC has previously said that it is committed to working with the health profession to find a compromise that allows the telepharma industry to continue providing its services and ensure consumers have access to services.
Topics:health-policy,telehealth,health,australiaFirst posted January 06, 2018 06:04:50Contact the writer