Telemedicine requires oversight, protection from exploitation
Regarding the article “Florida docs gear up for fight against telemedicine bill” (ModernHealthcare.com, Feb. 20), missing from this debate is any kind of scientific evidence about the accuracy and efficacy of telemedicine. Leaving it largely unregulated and not subject to state supervision is asking for trouble. Is anybody keeping tabs on patient outcomes or scams involving telemedicine? The Internet has been abused by doctors prescribing opiates to patients they have never seen. There will always be marginal practitioners ready to exploit an opportunity such as telemedicine.
Dr. Philip Levitt West Palm Beach, Fla.