Study Show An Increase In People Who Would Use Telehealthcare

Have you performed some form of Telehealth? Do you even know what it is? In the quest for more affordable healthcare comes a slew of new info that’s showing a huge missed opportunity by us. It’s the telehealth disconnect. 

If you’re not familiar with “telehealth”. It’s virtual healthcare. Typically, it’s done via video interaction with a patient and a physician. The first piece of new research from BI Intelligence shows that up to 44% of all doctor visits could be done virtually and 76% of all health systems offer some form of Telehealthcare. While many are still skeptical, most of us are willing to try it out. 57% of us are willing to use telehealthcare.

But do we? Here’s the disconnect. No. Fewer than 2% of Americans have used a telehealth option. The potential upside here is obvious. Not having to wait in a doctor’s office, efficient process and an average 65% cheaper than an in-office visit. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would like to save 65% on as much of their healthcare as possible. So, here’s the first step. Ask about it the next time you have a healthcare need. There is a better than not chance options are available within your typical provider and you just didn’t know about it. Or just haven’t gotten around to trying it out. This story should provide a lot of incentive for you to give it a shot.

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