Telehealth Increasingly Used for Mental Health Care
By Genevieve Douglas
From Bloomberg BNA on Monday, May 23, 2016
According to the 2016 health plan design survey from the National Business Group on Health, 74 percent of large employers are making telehealth options available to employees to the extent that they can, up from 48 percent in 2015, Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy at NBGH, told Bloomberg BNA May 17.
Telebehavioral counseling and other services are providing more and more people with the help they need by bringing the treatment to the privacy of an individual's home, eliminating the need to take time off from work and the fear of stigma, Wojcik said.
“By and large, it’s a win for the employee, in terms of cost and access, and it’s a win for the employer in terms of assuring there is access to appropriate services that are needed by their employees and anyone else in their plan,” he said.
Wojcik also touched on this kind of care for certain industries, especially companies that provide on-site clinics for employees. According to Wojcik, employers with workers scattered around the country or globe can still take advantage of a central clinic provided by the organization because telebehavioral health technology enables counselors to extend their reach to those in remote locations.
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