Friday, September 5, 2008

Differing opinions about Telemedicine

Differing opinions about Telemedicine
Updated: Sep 2, 2008 07:23 PM EDT

Includes video...

Patients pay $99.95 to access MDWebLive. The fee includes a camera, headset, and the first online doctor's visit. After that, it's $40 up front per consultation. Some insurance companies reimburse for the service.

It is convenient, but it's also controversial.

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, the president of the Dade County Medical Association, said patients must have a traditional face-to-face relationship with their doctors before using telemedicine.

"You see the physician first, establish patient-physician relationship, do a complete physical exam," Wollschlaeger said. "You can utilize the online consultation as an adjunct in your relationship, but not as a substitute for your relationship...."

At least the importance of a doctor-patient relationship is acknowledged!


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