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Telehealth can save you money, be more convenient. But only if used the right way

telehealthLooking for a convenient way to see your doctor? Telehealth might be an option.

Telehealth, or telemedicine, allows you to virtually “see” your doctor through a secure video link. Health insurance increasingly covers the visits, and more hospitals and doctor’s offices are offering the service.

With increased access come questions about costs, according to a story in the Washington Post. Health economists worry that the convenience of telehealth might cause doctors and patients to overuse the service, driving up costs. Or the technology itself could be costly to those who don’t have home Wi-Fi or even other way to get online.

The visits themselves, though, can be a cost-effective and convenient way for consultation about routine ailments, follow-up visits after medical procedures or dermatology.

Have you tried telemedicine? Was it cost-effective for you? If you haven’t tried it, why not? Share your thoughts with Voices.