Older Adults Can Have Difficulty Accessing Telemedicine.

September 3, 2020

Wired (9/3, Pearlstein) reports, “Older Americans are among the most likely to need health care...and yet they are least likely to be able to access the virtual doctors’ appointments that have skyrocketed in the past six months.” Eric L. Roberts, who teaches health policy at University of Pittsburgh, “worries that vulnerable Medicare recipients, very old people, and communities of color would have trouble having a video visit with a health care provider.” In a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine in August, researchers “estimated that 13 million elderly adults may have trouble accessing telemedicine services, and 6.7 million may not be capable of having a telephone call with a physician as a result of dementia or troubles with hearing, eyesight, or communicating.”

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