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The benefits of Telepsychiatry
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(01-08-2018, 03:40 PM)Rafterman Wrote:
(01-08-2018, 03:20 PM)Naomi Wrote: I was just thinking the other day how I would love to be able to Skype with my doctor. I think this would be especially great if you live far from where your doctor is located, if you have social anxiety, if the weather conditions are bad, etc.  I think what has kept me from looking into this more is that I just assume it is going to be more expensive or my health insurance won't cover it.

Hey Naomi,
I really think that its the wave of the future and insurance companies will be scrambling to cover it. It saves them money in the long run because people will tend to underreport health problems if it takes a trip to the doctor to do so. Some of those unreported and underreported problems may turn into huge issues, eventually costing ones insurance company big time. The whole focus these days is on preventative care and early reporting of symptoms is part of that. What better way then to just Skype with a doc? The fact that Medicare covers it is a very good sign. They are usually the difficult ones. If they approve of it, which they do, the harder insurers are sure to follow.  I also think that the standard $50 per visit will be coming down and competition increases.  RM


The facility I go to charges $20 if you see an attending doctor and then it's free if you see a resident. (This is how it works with my insurance at least). If I could pay that same co-pay online, I would switch to that in an instant. Especially for the appointments that aren't for treatment, but rather a check in to see how your meds are working. "Everything good with your meds?" "Yep." "Ok" *sends in rx refills*
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I think it is great option but only for SOME people. ( never tried it myself) HOWEVER if people are forced to use this service as opposed to seeing someone face to face then that is concerning.
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(01-09-2018, 01:07 AM)yellowdog Wrote: I think it is great option  but only for SOME people. ( never tried it myself)  HOWEVER  if people are forced to use this service as opposed to seeing someone face to face then that is concerning.

Howdy Yellowdog,
Agreed. That is what I was saying in my post to FishFarmer on this thread. An in-person visit is preferable for many reasons, but for those who have special needs, the tele version can be invaluable. I know that you see it the same way. Sometimes people just won't attend an in-office visit because of this aversion or that aversion. Its doesn't appear as a statistic because it falls between the cracks. This particularly applies to those who may benefit by using telepsychiatry because so many suffer from social anxiety, panic disorder, GAD, and mood regulation disorders that makes something that is easy for a typical person, an in-office visit, nearly impossible. I know because I suffered with that aversion for years. I hate being anywhere where I just can't pick up and leave when I want to. It makes me feel trapped. An office visit brings on that feeling. I like knowing that there is another option for me. On some days, it may be the only option because I just become paralyzed (if you know what I mean) at the thought of going in person. During an in-office counseling session, there is rarely any kind of physical examination, so the tele visit is basically identical in content to the office visit.  Regards,  RM
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(01-09-2018, 01:07 AM)yellowdog Wrote: I think it is great option  but only for SOME people. ( never tried it myself)  HOWEVER  if people are forced to use this service as opposed to seeing someone face to face then that is concerning.

I agree, I think it would be great if people had the option for whichever works best for them and that it was standard practice when you start seeing a doctor that you choose how you'd like your visits.
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