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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Page: 6034

Australian Standard Geographical Classification

(Question No. 216)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 1 March 2011:

(1) In respect of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)—Remoteness Areas (RA), will there be a limit by (a) number, (b) dollar value, or (c) share of available funding, to Medicare rebates available for online consultations for patients living in: (i) non-capital city RA1, (ii) capital city RA1, (iii) RA2, (iv) RA3, (v) RA4, and (vi) RA5.

(2) In respect of the ASGC—RA, will there be a limit by (a) number, (b) dollar value, or (c) share of available funding, to the $35 million telehealth training initiative for health professionals in: (i) non-capital city RA1, (ii) capital city RA1, (iii) RA2, (iv) RA3, (v) RA4, and (vi) RA5.


Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. Rebates will be available for patients in inner Metropolitan areas and rural and regional areas.

(2) No.