Technology and managed care: patient benefits of telemedicine in a rural health care network.

@article{Berman2005TechnologyAM,
  title={Technology and managed care: patient benefits of telemedicine in a rural health care network.},
  author={Matthew D. Berman and Andrea M. Fenaughty},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2005},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={559-73}
}
Rural health providers have looked to telemedicine as a technology to reduce costs. However, virtual access to physicians and specialists may alter patients' demand for face-to-face physician access. We develop a model of service demand under managed care, and apply the model to a telemedicine application in rural Alaska. Provider-imposed delays and patient costs were highly significant predictors of patient contingent choices in a survey of ENT clinic patients. The results suggest that… CONTINUE READING
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