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Latest Studies Show Consumer-Directed Telemedicine Solutions Like Consult A Doctor Lower Costs While Providing Greater Access to Affordable, Quality Healthcare.
Date:4/22/2008

e truly priceless, but we are able to offer them for pennies a day." Says Wolf Shlagman, Consult A Doctor founder and CEO.

According to the American Medical Association up to 70% of doctor office

visits are merely informational and unnecessary and could be avoided with a
phone or e-mail consultation. Consult A Doctor's proven and convenient solutions dramatically reduce unnecessary visits to the doctor or emergency room, allowing members alternatives to visiting their primary care physician purely for information, refills and other basic reasons. This correlates to less time off work for minor health issues, increased productivity and reduced overall healthcare claims and costs by up to 25%.

Employers realize savings and increased productivity from lower absenteeism attributable to preventable illness and unnecessary doctors' office visits, lower costs to the employer and employee for not having to pay for those visits, and prevention education that improves the overall health of the employees.

The American Journal of Health Promotion recently found a 26% reduction in healthcare costs and 28% reduction in sick leave absenteeism in companies with
telemedicine and preventative health programs. The Center for Health Transformation recently released a report entitled: "Telephone Medical Consults Answer the Call for Accessible, Affordable and Convenient Healthcare". According to the report, "America's healthcare facilities and medical professionals are perceived as the best in the world. Yet our healthcare system appears to be outdated or even broken, with persistent challenges regarding access to care, quality, affordability and convenience". The report contends the current healthcare system is failing and needs a complete overhaul. And that "telephonic medical consults performed by qualified family practice physicians are now proving an affordable and efficient treatment option for
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