Amid pandemic, uninsured patients benefiting from emergence of telemedicine

As COVID-19 forced some low cost and free clinics to use telemedicine to treat patients it became clear that it was an efficient and convenient way to reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency room and meet the immediate health needs of people with chronic health problems. The clinics can treat more patients and no-show rates decline substantially. While internet and smartphone access are long-term barriers that need to be overcome, 46 charitable clinics across the state are using telemedicine platforms to deliver care to uninsured patients.

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