SYDNEY – Telstra Health has launched ReadyCare, a GP telemedicine service that offers access to a doctor using a phone or video to receive advice, treatment, diagnosis and prescriptions.Telstra said the service will make accessing a doctor
easier, especially at times when people may not be able to visit their regular
GP such as after hours, on weekends or while travelling.
It can be accessed by calling 1800 READYCARE (1800 732392) or through the
The service has already signed up a number of registered Australian doctors who
will operate the service 24 hours a day. It operates from a purpose-built
telemedicine centre in the Sydney industrial suburb of Alexandria.
Patients who ring will be connected to an assistant to determine whether their
case is suitable for telemedicine consultation, before booking them in for an
appointment. A GP will then call the patient back, hopefully at the arranged
time. Callers will pay $69 plus GST and presumably get the usual Medicare
rebate of a bit under half.