Under Medicare people in remote, regional and outer metropolitan areas of Australia have access to specialist video consultations. This provides many patients with easier access to specialists, without the time and expenses involved in travelling to Perth.
Most doctors at the Geraldton Medical Group and University Medical Practice are able to offer this service. Patients appreciate it and seem to get a lot out of it as the practice nurse, who is present during the consultation, can clarify issues. It is a useful health service, even more so in rural and remote areas.
Unfortunately, at this stage is it not possible under Medicare for GP’s to perform video consultations with patients in nursing homes, or patients in their own homes – for example at remote locations.
Next time you see your specialist, ask if he/she provides a telehealth service with you and your Geraldton GP or practice nurse.