With the introduction of the novel coronavirus, we have been coming across the two important terms, which are ‘telemedicine' and ‘medicare' often. We must have wondered about the significance of the formerly mentioned terms.
Medicare is a government sanctioned program that provides healthcare facilities to the elderly citizens (those who are of or above the age of sixty five), under the age of sixty five if one is entitled to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a certain amount of time or/and people below the age of sixty five with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). The plan is funded by the social security and Medicare taxes paid by the US citizens.
One can choose to get his or her medicare assistance from Original Medicare.Telemedicine is the implementation of medical data which is exchanged via the internet to assist a patient’s health. The sources of exchange of this data ranges from video conferencing to wireless equipment like a smartphone, possessed by almost the majority of the population.
Telemedicine has allowed people to reach out to the clinical professionals easily. This is extraordinarily beneficial for people staying in remote areas. During the time of the pandemic it is advised to perform activities while staying in isolation. Telemedicine is therefore the solution to the problem of vulnerability to the threat that a crowded clinic might pose.
Thus, the concept of Medicare and Telemedicine is justified. But one needs to understand that both the terms go hand in hand when it comes to the fight against coronavirus. One must be accompanied by the other in order to ensure a healthy and hygienic lifestyle of the subjects.
The question might arise in the minds of the readers about the advantages of the plans. Why must the government include them? There are several reasons, out of which the five most significant ones are listed below.
1) Assisting the elderly population
As we know, medicare aims at providing health facilities to certain sections, including the ones over the age of sixty five. This has a significant impact on the ones in need. In other words, it provides accessibility to clinical help to the ones who are in dire need. Elderly citizens are more likely to be prone to diseases and the virus as well. They are subjected to a weaker immune system.
Often, the senior citizens are subjected to negligence, both physically and mentally. Thus, telemedicine offers them easy access to professional help in case there is an inconvenience. They can contact the clinicians from the comfort of their homes and in utmost safety.
2) Highly advantageous for SSDI and ESRD patients
The medicare covers the medical charges of the people who are under the age of sixty five only if they are differently abled or are suffering from a critical disease called the End Stage Renal Disease. Such people might not have got the health facilities, especially in the times of difficulty like those of a pandemic. They need special attention in terms of medical assistance. Otherwise, they would have been reliant on the ones around them.
Telemedicine facilitates them and makes them self sufficient in terms of health. They can reach out to their clinicians whenever they want to just by a tap on their smartphone. They do not need to travel or wait in long queues at the clinic to get the check up done. They can rely on the electronic media and get data related to their health.
3) It takes care of your pocket
Medicare is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which in turn is funded by the taxes we pay. In case of an inconvenience which concerns our health, we need to pay no or a minimal amount for the recovery.
Visiting a doctor's clinic might be costly at times. Telehealth facilities have therefore become popular. All one needs to do is access the sites, wait for sometime from his or her homes and speak directly to the professionals. The process saves both time and money.
4) Laid a helping hand to the marginalized groups
Often the weaker sections of the society have been neglected in every aspect. Medicare covers for such sections and makes sure that no individual is devoid of the basic facilities. Differently abled people below the poverty line, who earlier might have been a subject to negligence, now are entitled to health security.
People living in remote areas such as the ones in small towns, had minimal access to healthcare facilities. It was difficult for a senior citizen to travel to the clinics often. This problem was tackled by the introduction of Telemedicine. It provided greater reach and easier accessibility to the patients.
5) An upliftment in medical standards
A detailed study was conducted to check the efficiency of medicare and Telemedicine which clearly pointed at the upgradation in the standard of medical facilities. The public accountability has paved a way for the hospitals and other medical clinics to uplift their levels of service. The government has made sure of the same. A healthy competition among several centers has proved to be advantageous to the common people.
Telemedicine has encouraged accessibility and accountability to the citizens. The tools of telehealth like tele wearables, video conferences, etc. are significant signs of an upliftment in the health sector. These tools promote a healthy and hygienic lifestyle. Telemedicine offers a solution to the problem of social gathering, which needs to be strictly avoided in times of a pandemic as deadly as the Coronavirus.