Practical aspects of telehealth: financial considerations

Intern Med J. 2013 Jul;43(7):829-34. doi: 10.1111/imj.12193.


The second in a series of articles about the practical aspects of telehealth, this paper includes information and a case history on the cost-benefits for patients and practitioners using telehealth. The case history demonstrates that telehealth can save travel time for patients, carers and specialists, and can reduce out-of-pocket expenses. The practical aspects of telehealth article series considers the contextual, clinical, technical and ethical components of online video consultations.

Keywords: Medicare telehealth incentive; telehealth; video conference consultation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Automobile Driver Examination*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Referral and Consultation / economics*
  • Rural Population*
  • Telemedicine / economics*
  • Telemedicine / methods