Following the London Consultants Association urging doctors to think twice before accepting 50% fee cuts from insurers for virtual consultations – see our 17 June story – surgeon Mr Ian McDermott spells out why this work is worth every penny.
Only someone who has not been forced into doing tele-consults with their patients would ever try and tell you that they are easy . . . because they are absolutely not.
So-called ‘telemedicine’ via platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams has been a life-saver over the Covid lockdown period, and it has allowed doctors to still be able to have consults with those patients who need to be ‘seen’.
We have read a lot about the positives of telemedicine and how this could ‘transform’ the way that we work. The reality, however, really is not quite that simple.
Scheduling video consults oneself is somewhat tedious and time-consuming.
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