Interesting piece in The Guardian on the difficulties of persuading GPs to use telehealth. Richard Vize’s article describes the relationship between the GPs and the Department of Health as poisonous and the cause is that the GPs see the Government continuously meddling with the GP contracts – see our previous item Telehealth likely to be uneconomical, little evidence of patient benefit . Not surprising really that GPs, and their trade body the BMA, would be nervous of a Government department which appears to be constantly looking at ways of reducing thier income.
Richard’s article agrees with ours that the LSE figures for per patient telehealth costs are not realistic in the long term and one shouldn’t compare it with the NICE ceiling of £30k per ‘quality adjusted life year’ to conclude telehealth is uneconomical. Read the whole article here.