Telephone Medical Consults Answer the Call for Accessible, Affordable and Convenient Healthcare

Newt Gingrich, Ph.D., Richard Boxer, M.D., and Byron Brooks, M.D. Telephone Medical Consults Answer the Call for Accessible, Affordable and Convenient Healthcare. Washington DC: Center for Health Transformation, 02/08.

“This report examines the role of telemedicine and specifically the telephone cross coverage model to
deliver a practical, easy-to-implement and cost-effective solution to all adults – wherever they are located
and regardless of their insurance coverage. The knowledge and skills gained in telemedicine programs are impacting routine care for non-emergency medical problems with telephone medical consults gaining momentum largely the result of consumer receptivity and cost-savings. Currently, more than 1.5 million Americans have access to this option with
significant growth projected as more employers, health plans and other benefits payers recognize the
opportunity for improving access to quality care and reducing expenditures.” Full report (pdf)

One Response to Telephone Medical Consults Answer the Call for Accessible, Affordable and Convenient Healthcare

  1. phantomforever9 says:

    Thanks for the information on phone consults. That’s an interesting article!

    We recently wrote an article on curbiside consulting at Brain Blogger. A “curbside consult” is when a doctor asks another for an unofficial consult, or when a a friend or stranger asks a doctor for his opinion. But where do you draw the line; is it right to give a complete stranger a diagnosis on a few symptoms?

    We would like to read your comments on our article. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly

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