Whether we are aware of it or not, COVID-19 has forced many dramatic changes in healthcare. One trend has accelerated like no other since the pandemic began: telemedicine. There are good reasons including these:
- No transportation time or costs.
- No need to take time off of work.
- Eliminate child or elder care issues.
- On-demand options.
- Access to specialists.
- Less chance of catching a new illness.
- Less time in the waiting room.
- Better health.
Before the pandemic, virtual visits made up just over 1% of all medical and behavioral professional office visits that could be conducted virtually. Today, they make up nearly 25%.
Primary care and behavioral services were the largest specialties utilized virtually in 2020: Over 1/5 of primary care was performed virtually. Nearly 2/3 of behavioral care was performed virtually. Over half of Americans (58%) are comfortable with virtual consultations replacing in-person visits, especially if it …
- Is more convenient (can remain at home/work): 47%
- Decreased costs: 44%
- Allowed for free virtual follow-ups: 37%
- Allowed for long-distance care (if out of area/traveling): 35%
Of course there are a few downsides to telemedicine. Some physicians are reluctant to use the new technology. Simple things like a power or internet disruption can complicate online consultation with a doctor. And a physician might miss subtle non-verbal cues in their virtual diagnosis that would be apparent in a face-to-face visit.
Insureous Health Solutions has several excellent and inexpensive telemedicine plans for both individuals and groups. Most cover the entire family at no extra charge. And one even allows you to choose and keep your physician for each call. Contact us for a quote today at 904-295-8498.