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Is Tech Going to Save America’s Bacon Yet Again?
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  • Arkeygeezer

    :Government action and, more important, government policy has a role to play here.”
    Telemedicine seems to be doing all right without government policy and control. The information revolution has occurred despite government attempts to control it. Telemedicine is a part of that revolution. Government, keep your hands off of it !!!!

    • rheddles

      There is an important place for government here, I regret to say. Currently states license physicians to practice medicine.and the license is only valid in the state issued. For telemedicine to be efficient and effective, the state in which the patient and doctor reside should be irrelevant. This means the doctor would have to be licensed in all 50 states, an expensive and onerous task, or there would have to be national licensing. Neither is terribly attractive to me, but ultimately we are going to end up with national licensure giving the feds even more control of health care.

      • Arkeygeezer

        All professions are state licenced as are automobile drivers. Under your scenario all professions should be federal licensed. The physician referral system, information exchange, and internet tracking devices seem to work very efficiently without government control. The government has enough problems controlling unisex bathrooms.

  • Proud Skeptic

    Think about how magnificently our oil and gas industry did with fracking in spite of government disincentives.

    Never count America out!

  • f1b0nacc1

    Why is it that TAI seems to have a hard-on for anything prefixed with ‘tele-‘

    • FriendlyGoat

      Because Viagra and Cialis are advertised on the “tele”?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Biggest Problem for American Healthcare is how separated the patient/consumer is from the costs of that Healthcare. With the Government and Employers paying for most people’s health insurance, there isn’t any “Feedback of Competition” forcing improvements in Quality, Service, and Price in the system. This means American Healthcare will continue to be bad and under-performing for everyone. The recognition that Telemedicine is making in roads into healthcare, doesn’t account for the FACT that consumer preference would have forced this advancement years ago, had the “Feedback of Competition” been operative.
    Imagine if you will that the Healthcare industry was advancing as fast as the cell phone industry? I imagine that most Americans would already have their vitals and much else besides being continuously monitored by a smart system that would alert a medical professional 24/7 at the first hint of a health problem. As things now stand America and the World have horrible and backward healthcare because of Government and Employer incompetent meddling.

  • FriendlyGoat

    The less often you visit the physical presence of other sick people (not to mention the travel and the waiting), the healthier and happier you will be. The less time the doctor spends on you and your records, the cheaper he or she will be. Duh, telemedicine has a place. Who knew?

    As for “gobbledegook” of the week, here it is—-quoted from article:

    “What America needs to do—and what our politicians would be talking about if they were looking forward and not back—is to develop a regulatory framework that supports the transformation of health care into something much better and much more affordable than the system we have today.”

    What a publication like this “needs to do” is reveal the DETAILS of what the heck they are talking about in statements of that sort. Otherwise, it’s just silly. If it is low standards for patients’ insurance policies, say so. If it’s mostly blah, blah, tort reform, blah, blah, then say that.

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