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Healthcare suffers in rural areas due to inadequate broadband

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Michael Fewell
Jan 11, 2017 15:03
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According to clinicians, healthcare in rural areas is suffering due to inadequate broadband connectivity in regional and rural areas.

The leading association for Australian doctors and medical students, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), shared this view in a statement released yesterday.

The statement highlights telehealth and telemedicine services are not reaching their potential due to poor internet access.

"Approximately 30 percent of Australia’s population lives outside the major metropolitan areas.

Regional, rural and remote Australians often struggle to access health services that urban Australians would see as a basic right.

These inequalities mean that they have lower life expectancy, worse outcomes on leading indicators of health, and poorer access to care compared to people in major cities," the AMA wrote.

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