Delivering Health
Medical Association Gives One Cheer for Telemedicine
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  • Maynerd

    Acquiring multiple state medical licenses requires a good deal of time and money. Annual license fees range from $500 to $1000. The application process takes many months and is an onerous paper chase. Different states require difference CME standards. Some require very specific training e.g. HIV cme that often is not germane to the specialty.
    A further barrier to telemedicine is HIPAA, the patient privacy protection act. The spirit behind HIPAA is noble and proper the application is a nightmare. Merely sending an email or medical image over the internet can be interpreted as a violation of HIPAA.

    • Andrew Allison

      “And if a doctor licensed by the state of New Jersey isn’t qualified to provide very basic primary care to an American in Pennsylvania, we have bigger problems on our hands.” Why not a primary care license valid like, e.g. my drivers licence in all states? Each state would still get to collect the fees for MDs resident in the State, but a licensed MD would be able to deliver care in any state. If the answer is that the standards required for delivery of primary care vary by State, they shouldn’t.

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