Seeing doctors on video? Most insurers won't pay

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, August 15, 2013

Doctor and patient did all they had to do by video conference instead of a prolonged office visit that might have taken hours in travel time for some patients. The video view saved time and money, and makes sense. Still, most insurance companies in Florida won't cover it. Because telemedicine might be the wave of the future, it's gotten the attention of the state Legislature, which is being asked to pass legislation to certify and impose standards on a growing practice. Doctors want lawmakers to specifically take a look at the issue of forcing insurance companies to pay doctors for telehealth coverage. Though Medicaid and Medicare often permit virtual doctor visits, particularly for specialists, most insurance companies in Florida do not cover it.


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