It’s no secret that healthcare costs continue to rise year after year. As a result, patients are having more difficulty accessing traditional physician’s services.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently reported some surprising healthcare statistics. Over 76 percent of patients place more value on access to health care than on having in-person interactions with their physicians.
The number of telemedicine patients in the United States is growing dramatically. In 2013, there were 350,000 patients who opted to consult with telemedicine doctors. By 2018, that number is predicted to be over 7 million.
It’s clear that this trend is changing healthcare in amazing ways. Telemedicine doctors are offering an incredibly important service.
This medical trend presents many significant advantages over traditional doctor-patient relationships.
Telemedicine Doctors Are Easily Accessible
Telemedicine offers a convenient solution for many patients. For example, it provides significant advantage to parents of children with chronic medical issues. Similarly, it also offers alternatives for patients with difficulty driving.
Physicians now can reach a much larger patient base. Patients have more options in choosing their preferred physicians and therapists. Physical location is no longer a barrier to quality medical treatment.
Telemedicine also serves as a viable alternative for follow-up visits. Because of its convenience, this results in a higher rate of patient compliance for after-care.
The Waiting-Room Experience Is Eliminated
The traditional waiting room experience can be difficult for many reasons:
– Patients generally do not like having to wait to be seen by their physicians.
– Being in a crowded room full of other sick people is stressful.
– The waiting room experience can exacerbate problems for patients with anxiety.
– Physicians feel guilty for taking breaks when they know there are people waiting.
Remote medical care reduces these pressures. The result is an experience that is better for all parties involved.
Results Are Overwhelmingly Positive
Communicating about medical issues through a teleconference may initially seem off-putting. However, the results have been overwhelmingly positive. Most patients have been able to build rapport with their remote physicians easily.
Additionally, this treatment option is effective for addressing psychological issues including:
– Attention deficit disorder
– Obsessive compulsive disorder
Telemedicine Offers Cost Savings for Physicians and Patients
Physicians can introduce telemedicine into their practice with a very low initial cost. The ongoing monthly outlay is also nominal.
These savings generally pass on to patients. The typical cost for remote medical treatment can be as low as $25 to $50 per visit, depending on the doctor. Healthcare is now more accessible to people who previously may not have been able to afford it.
Telemedicine Is Now Legally Accepted in Most States
States are currently passing laws to legitimize the practice and protect patients. As of early 2017, over 30 states had enacted laws related to telemedicine.
These laws prevent state-regulated insurers from denying claims due to remote service. Telemedicine claims must be treated the same as claims for traditional services.
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