Pressure on HPCSA to greenlight remote consultations

26 Mar 2020

Currently health professionals cannot bill for video consultations because most medical aids won’t refund them in full.

In an analysis by the Medical Protection Society, published in the March issue of MedicalBrief, Dr Graham Howarth, head of medical services, Africa, notes that the use of telemedicine has been advocated as one of the ways of delivering healthcare during the crisis. “Where face-to-face consultations are not feasible, you need to be satisfied that proceeding in this way is in the patient’s best interests and that you can adequately assess the patient remotely. cases of emergency, patients should be encouraged to seek assistance via the recommended route, in accordance with the most recent government and/or public health guidance.”