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The Gillard Government's $620 million Telehealth initiative will allow Australian patients in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas to ‘see' their specialist close to home without the time and expense of travelling to major cities. Medicare funded consultations with any medical specialist via a video conference can take place in their local GP clinic and other health care facilities in their local area to a specialist at another location. Medicare funded Telehealth services will also be available to residents of eligible aged care facilities and to patients at Aboriginal Medical Services anywhere in Australia. Medicare rebates will be available for both the specialist and the GP, nurse, midwife or Aboriginal health worker assisting the patient during the consultation using Telehealth.
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