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Doctors aren't using Julia Gillard's telehealth plan to beat rural health crisis

July 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by news.com.au

IT is a $620 million telehealth system, introduced by Labor in a bid to solve the rural health crisis, paying specialists to hold video consultations with patients.

But it is failing to deliver.

The Department of Health's annual report in 2012-13 shows just one-fifth of the annual budget for the scheme was spent.

And only 12 per cent of the nation's specialists were taking part in the scheme, which was meant to remove the distance barrier to health care.

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