NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


February 14, 2008

Despite the clear benefits of telemedicine, some insurers and doctors are slow to embrace change, says Dr. Allen Wenner, a family practice physician.

Devon Herrick, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, agrees:

  • In a recent report he noted several factors, including regulations on interstate practice and control of the money spent on health care, prevent the public from being able to enjoy the full benefits of telemedicine.
  • He estimates patients control only 13 cents of each dollar spent on medical care, which gives providers little incentive to pay for the technological upgrades required for the integration of telemedicine into their practices.
  • This often leaves the job of funding those upgrades to third parties, such as insurance providers, employers or the government, the study notes.

Furthermore, the entrenched medical culture is still committed to traditional practices such as face-to-face visits, Wenner added, meaning the older generation may have to completely work its way out of the profession before technology can be fully integrated into medicine.

Source: Jillian Melchior, "Medical Establishment Is Slow to Embrace Telemedicine Options," Heartland Institute, March 1, 2008.

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