Do people really use telemedicine? Does it really work?
An independent study by Rand Corporation, a non-profit think tank, revealed some interesting statistics. They studied 300,000 Teladoc participants over a 2 year period.
Here’s some of what they found:
- 34% of telemedicine consults occur on weekends and holidays.
Obviously, on weekends and holidays telemedicine is usually the only option available other than an ER. And we all know that the ER will be super-expensive and time consuming!
- 21% of patients using telemedicine had not sought treatment for the past 12 months.
Telemedicine will attract people who would don’t regularly seek medical care. This is a good thing! At the same time, the majority of people utilizing telemedicine services use it as a complement to getting care from their primary physician, which is really the best way to use it.
- Only 6% required follow-up care in person.
Telemedicine really works! The majority of the time, a telemedicine consult is all you need to get the right outcome, saving you a lot of time and money in the process.
At a price of $9.99/month, and no extra copays and charges for a consultation, you really should consider enrolling.