17 Aug Seeing doctors on video? Most insurers won’t pay
Anne Burdick, a dermatologist at the University of Miami‘s Miller School of Medicine, had a busy morning Tuesday. She saw eight children scattered throughout South Florida in just a few hours — and never left her office.
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.