Companies with mobile, remote, part time, and shift workers who face barriers of time and distance. For them, telehealth is about getting access to care.
Employers with high deductible plans, where employees are bearing first-dollar risk. Providing access to online visits saves employees money and lets them know that as their employer, you are doing all you can to limit their costs. For employees, telehealth is about saving money
Companies with high wage knowledge workers, where missing work time is expensive and inconvenient. For them, telehealth is about saving time.
Including Telemedicine as a part of an overall portfolio of group employee benefits has become an important healthcare cost containment tool. Telemedicine reduces office co-pays for employees and claim costs to the employer’s group healthcare plan. In a study of 17,000 telemedicine participants, hospital admissions dropped by 30% and doctor visits were reduced by 60% for a savings of 45% in unnecessary doctor and emergency room visits.
The American Medical Association (AMA) states that 70% of doctor’s office visits can be handled over the phone and 50% of ER visits are non-emergencies. Telemedicine’s savings in claim costs range from $300 per year for a single employee or more than $1,000 per year for a family of four.