December 2nd, 2010
More Americans are turning to technology like video conferencing for their health care, according to a recent article in the St. Petersburg Times.
While telemedicine isn’t new, its popularity is growing as those charged with carrying out the country’s new health reform law try to provide more coverage to more people, while also reducing costs, the article said.
“It’s the wave of the future,” Miami physician Dr. Carmen Alfonso told the St. Petersburg Times. Eventually, she said, more doctors will incorporate telemedicine into their practices.
Changes in insurance practices may also fuel the growth of medical care via video conferencing.
Medicare and Medicaid now reimburse providers for certain types of care through telemedicine, the article said. A growing number of insurance plans are covering it. Companies also include it in employee benefits packages as a way to reduce overall health costs.
Florida resident Samantha Fletcher, took advantage of her company’s telemedicine offerings when she came down with sinus troubles during the summer. She was very impressed with the experience. “I felt I would have gotten the same care from my primary care physician,” she told the Times.
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