All of the changes happening is going to lead to less choice in the marketplace for many American’s as a result of all of the changes following the Affordable Care Act. The problem is that healthcare costs have put many in difficult positions. One of the bright spots in all of these changes is telemedicine and the opportunities it presents for companies as an employee benefit.
Telemedicine is transforming healthcare. The time is finally here for you to have a serious conversation about utilizing this tool to improve healthcare experiences if you have not.
Telemedicine growth is being driven by faster internet connections, smart phones and other things. Doctors are linking by patients by phone, email and webcam and consulting with peers electronically.
Chronic conditions are also able to be managed at home. This is beneficial to providers facing potential penalties for hospital readmissions and organizations like Doctors Without Borders are able to plug into their network of colleagues electronically. It is improving healthcare access and delivery across the world.
More than 15 American’s received some sort of care through telemedicine according to the American Telemedicine Association.
It’s here and it’s vital and working.
For a low monthly cost covering a plan properly designed for your needs can co
Getting specialist care without having to travel is great for individuals in rural and urban underserved areas. This allows the doctor to be in their home.
As an employer or decision maker you should consider involving telemedicine into your employee benefit plan. Telemedicine is prevalent because of out-of-pocket costs continue to strain the pocketbooks of employers and employees. Rising costs has lead to employers passing more costs along to workers through higher deductibles and co-pays.
With painful increases looming in 2017 a telemedicine option pairs well with a high deductible health plan.
There are many success stories from telemedicine. Ask yourself if you would you rather go to the emergency room and wait for 2-3 hours for a healthcare service that is very expensive or would you rather be able to have your diagnosis and treatment within the hour and stay home.
Telemedicine consults are often ½ price or more than a traditional office visit. They are all local and licensed in the state that you call in. In addition to low costs, ability to locate providers, health management content this strategy can be something that will improve health, save money and improve employee benefits.
One outlying question that could be alleviated by telemedicine is the woes that many consumers who receive coverage through work will feel if their employer changes health insurance companies or networks.
This is a major decision many companies and individuals are going to be facing. Many decisions will be bottom line this year because of the rapidly rising costs.
For help managing the difficult decisions of picking out the right telemedicine plan for your organization you should contact E.D. Bellis and one of our healthcare consultants will help you with this process.
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