Telemedicine allows health care providers to work with patients from a distance by using digital communication. This gives people greater access to health care, removing the need to travel to a facility and providing faster answers to many medical questions.
However, telemedicine is limited in the commonwealth. Lawmakers are currently considering SB1221 and HB1970 which would ease some stifling restrictions on telemedicine, allowing Virginians to have greater access to health care.
The bill would:
- Allow any properly licensed doctor to practice telemedicine.
- Fairly incentivize health care providers to track patient information (blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.), allowing them to provide better remote care. Currently, doctors are only reimbursed for tracking information taken in the facility.
- Make telemedicine reimbursements for doctors equal with in-person care, encouraging competition and innovation.
If you agree that every Virginian should have access to quality health care at low costs, send officials a message and tell them to support SB1221 and HB1970!