The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is urging people to keep a close watch on their ongoing health care and maintenance, and to not allow the ongoing Covid-19 crisis to prevent this crucial healthcare activity.
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said that fear and concern over COVID 19 should not make people ignore their everyday health. “People need to continue seeing their doctor, in person or via telehealth, for existing conditions and for regular health maintenance,” Dr Bartone said.
Having appointments via telehealth (video conferencing/phone calls) allows people to access essential health services in their home while they are in self-isolation or quarantine. This will help reduce exposure to COVID-19 for everyone in the community, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Telehealth appointments work the same as regular appointments. Your health professional will discuss your confidential health needs with you and if you like, you can ask family members, carers or friends to sit in on the appointment with you.
Telehealth appointments are available to all Medicare card holders, are bulk-billed and will be available until 30 September 2020. We strongly encourage you to phone your regular general practice to discuss your care options with them. The COVID-19 Bulk Billed Telehealth Services information sheet provides further details or you can visit www.health.gov.au.
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Qld Health have advised that the following factsheets have been updated and published to reflect the current public health advice and level of response. Coronavirus (COVID-19) HCD factsheet link COVID-19 CDCG A-Z factsheet link
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