Senate debates

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions without Notice

Health Care

2:38 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

I think we all acknowledge that we all need to remain alert in relation to COVID-19. Whilst cases in rural and regional Australian communities remain relatively low, it is important that we do remain vigilant while at the same time being ready to respond in the event that there is transmission in any part of our regional communities. Again, the 2020-21 budget continues to fund the government's COVID-19 health response to manage the impact of the pandemic in rural Australia. In terms of some of the policies that we have implemented, we've fast-tracked the expansion of temporary MBS telehealth items, including for rural and remote Australians. Senator Davey would be pleased to know that there have now been over 10 million telehealth services delivered to more than 3.2 million people in regional Australia. (Time expired)


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