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More Companies Offer Telehealth; Now Workers Need to Use It
By Kristen Ricaurte Knebel
From BNA on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Many large employers are offering a telehealth, also called telemedicine, component in their benefits package—medical care by physicians or other health-care professionals provided over an Internet or phone-video system—and the number is projected to grow. According to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health, 90 percent of large employers will offer telehealth services in 2017 and 97 percent will offer them by 2019.

Offering telehealth services to employees has become commonplace, especially for large employers, Steve Wojcik, vice president of public policy at the National Business Group on Health, told Bloomberg BNA Aug. 22.

The next challenge will be convincing employees to use the resource, he said.

Wojcik thinks that the more employees use the benefit, the more comfortable they will be with it.

“It’s still relatively new, so I think it will take a while” to catch on, he said.