Though Convenient, Telehealth Appointments Don’t Cut Costs
A study finds that total annual spending was $45 more per patient for people who used telehealth to treat acute respiratory illnesses than it was for patients who saw doctors for the same conditions.
Telehealth Makes Some Health Care More Expensive
Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a wifi or mobile connection. (Brooks, 3/26)
In other news —
Kaiser Health News:
‘Pre-Hospice’ Saves Money By Keeping People At Home Near The End Of Life
Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays. (Gorman, 3/27)