Re: Do you have model legislation in mind for online healthcare?
Thanks for your question Lorna. Supporters of the in-person exam requirement would argue that (1) a provider (physician, NP, etc.) cannot accurately assess a patient's health care needs without physically observing the patient in person; and (2) as you note, requiring an in-person exam serves to prevent online "drug mills," which usually presribe lifestyle drugs like viagra to massive numbers of patients based on an online questionnaire completed by the patient and with no interaction (not even by phone or email) between the prescriber and the patient. Many of the legitimate online care models are used to treat low-level conditions like the flu, acne, etc. -- conditions that shouldn't require an in-person examination, particularly with the use of sophisticated online questionnaires and remote interactions with the practitioner (whether by phone, email, or video conference).