Teladoc has been in hot water with the Texas Medical Board recently. The
Board is imposing additional regulations to protect patients from the
risk of inaccurate diagnoses.
“How can a physician make an accurate diagnosis when they have no
objective diagnostic data?” – That’s a great question,
Texas Medical Board. We’re glad you asked.
Teladoc is the nation’s leading telemedicine provider. Patients can
call into Teladoc and explain their symptoms, and they will be given medical
advice over the phone. The Texas Medical Board says this puts patients
at risk. Millions of employees use Teledoc because it is provided by their
employers, but the way people use the service might change. This is because
The Texas Medical Board recently issued new rules to make it harder for
patients to receive medical advice and even prescriptions over the phone.
The new rules prevent patients from getting over-the-phone advice and prescriptions
from a physician they haven’t first seen in person. What many people
liked about services like Teladoc though was the convenience of “shopping”
other places, such as when you are out of town and nowhere near your regular doctor.
While companies like Teladoc are upset that the Texas Medical Board’s
new rules are harming competition in the healthcare industry, the Board
responded by saying that’s beside the point. The real issue, they
say, is patient safety. Patient safety must be the primary goal of medical
practitioners, not how healthy the competition is in the healthcare market.
While no one is arguing to put an end to Teledoc and services like it,
they are looking for more ways to reign in the extent of the services
they provide, and in what situation those services are appropriate. As
medical malpractice attorneys, we see far too often how patients can be
harmed by a careless diagnosis, or a prescription written in haste.
We encourage you, whether you spoke to a doctor over the phone or saw one
in person, to contact our Portland
medical malpractice lawyers if you were harmed by a careless decision your doctor or healthcare
provider made. Consultations are free, so call us or fill out a
free case review form.