Telemedicine may support flexible work-life balance, survey finds

More than half of physicians would be willing to conduct video consultations with patients, largely to help improve work-life balance, according to a survey conducted by telemedicine platform provider American Well.

In collaboration with QuantiaMD, American Well surveyed more than 2,000 primary care physician on their perceptions of video consultations.

Fifty-seven percent of primary care physicians said they would be up for telemedicine consultations, 12 percent said they were unwilling to have a video visit and 31 percent said they were uncertain.

When asked why physicians would want to offer video visits, the most popular response was a flexible work-life schedule (79 percent). Physicians also indicated they would want video visits to earn more income (67 percent), improve patient outcomes (66 percent), be on the leading edge of healthcare (45 percent), attract new patients (41 percent) and retain existing patients (37 percent). Physicians could indicate more than one reason for wanting video visits.

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