Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth was mostly used by rural and remote Australians for specialist appointments.
But since 2020, access to telehealth has widened. And many Australians have discovered the advantages of using it.
Is telehealth here to stay? Experts say ‘yes’. Digital health is a rapidly growing industry. And improvements in technology and access could mean better health for all Australians.
So, let’s dig deeper into the merits of telehealth services.
In a survey on telehealth conducted by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, one respondent remarked:
“I was more relaxed in my consultation. I was in my familiar environment and the specialist and I were both at ease. I didn’t have the stress of getting the two people I care for sorted before the 90-minute drive to the city hospital for this appointment. I saved money on fuel and parking fees. I didn’t have to sit in a full waiting room. I didn’t have to turn down work for that entire day because of the travel time and waiting room time blowouts. The benefits of telehealth are immense.”
Of course, telehealth doesn’t replace regular health care completely. There will always be reasons to have face to face visits with your GP or other healthcare providers.
A telehealth appointment is convenient, safe, and effective with only minimal preparation. You may also be eligible for telehealth bulk billing.
If you haven’t had an appointment over the phone, here are our top tips:
InstantScripts has a team of Aussie, RACGP-certified online telehealth doctors available at just the touch of a button. It’s never been quicker, easier, or more convenient to access high quality healthcare from the comfort of home.
Not feeling well? Make an appointment today.