Telemedicine is becoming more popular as a benefits plan for many companies and organizations in California and most states across the U.S. More people are able to access medical attention from their cell phones, tablets or computers. This 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days/year (24/7/365) service is even available on weekends and holidays. More than one-third of the telemedicine visits occurred on weekends or holidays, according to a study conducted in 2012 and 2013 by RAND, published in the journal of Health Affairs February 2014 edition.
Employees of companies and members of organizations save money and time because they do not have to travel to healthcare facilities. Companies and organizations save time and money too. They have more efficient, healthier and happier employees and members, who can get back to work faster and spend less time and money on traveling to and from emergency rooms, urgent care centers or hospitals. Telemedicine is positively impactful in rural areas, where traveling to and from healthcare facilities may take hours and could be difficult in certain weather conditions. Sometimes, doctors and patients are restricted from traveling, which makes telehealth the only option for immediate healthcare.
Telemedicine costs much less than health insurance, which is another major advantage for companies and organizations that want to provide healthcare to their members, employees and or contractors. It is affordable, and gives employers and organizations alternatives to costly health insurance plans. Research and studies indicate that health insurance costs are rising with no end in sight. Employers, organizations, employees, members and or contractors may all benefit from the savings, efficiency and other advantages of telemedicine in California and most states across the U.S.
Telemedicine may be used as a supplemental benefit too. Companies and organizations may use it as an additional perk to create a more attractive employee and member package. This could be especially effective in the tech industry, where companies that are bidding against each other for top talent in the world may want to use any possible advantage to recruit the best talent and their families.