About the Problem

The Health Resources and Services Administration reports that nearly 20% of Americans live in areas with an insufficient number of primary care doctors. The problem is particularly acute for patients in rural areas.


About the Policy

One way to fix this problem is to expand the usage of telemedicine, where doctors can diagnose and treat patients remotely using web videos and other telecommunications technology. This can be achieved by creating national standards for service, data transmission and payment of telemedicine services and expanding coverage and payment by Medicare and private payers for telemedicine services.

Public Support

65% of All Polled
73% of Democrats
62% of Republicans
59% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%