How Telemedicine Gives Access To Everyone In The Healthcare System
As one of the most influential economists of the twentieth century, Milton Friedman wrote, “only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change.” This could not be more noticeable today, with changes in our lifestyles and the way we live, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, because of lock-downs and social distancing, the healthcare industry is seeing a gradual shift towards telemedicine. Telemedicine, also called telehealth or e-medicine, is the remote delivery of healthcare services, including exams and consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure. Telemedicine allows healthcare providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients without the need for an in-person visit.
Another advantage of receiving healthcare via remote sources is that it gives the entire population access to healthcare regardless of location. As telemedicine uses video or phone, it also makes checking up on patients considerably easier for the medical professional and, most importantly, allows the patient to be isolated, preventing the spread of infectious illnesses.
The cost of telemedicine is also a significant plus point. For example, telemedicine can give you access to specialty practitioners from the comfort of your home environment without having to make a special trip to a far-off location, saving you time and money on travel and appointments. However, the downside to telemedicine is some medical diagnoses are not possible using just a webcam or through an explanation on the phone. For such situations, an in-person visit and tests to assure accuracy are required.
At VIP Medical Centre, our walk-in clinic is available for scheduled appointments, online booking, and walk-ins during the day, evenings, and weekends along with a pharmacy and lab to draw blood on-site for your convenience. We also proudly offer telemedicine services, so even when the doctor is out, you can still get your prescriptions, referrals, and assessments done via video conference. Similarly, with our specialized training in weight management and cosmetic procedures, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide unbiased advice that meets your needs. We see clients visiting us from across Toronto, Mississauga, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Markham, Oshawa, Hamilton, Guelph, Barrie, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas.