2. You can’t have your telecake and eat it too

As we’ve mentioned a couple times in previous InsightCity stories, telemedicine is still trying to get its little telewings off the ground as a means of driving down healthcare costs. The whole idea behind it is patients (particularly rural ones) can use telemedicine to communicate with their healthcare providers without having to visit in-person. Which is a great idea on paper… if those patients aren’t also visiting in-person. Get it? They’re doing both! A study published in HealthAffairs detailed the phenomenon, and explained that this kinda defeats the whole point of telemedicine because it effectively drives healthcare costs up. Telemedicine: providing you the opportunity to space out during your physician’s instructions both in the clinic, and from your own home!

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