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How Telemental Health Programs Provide Easy Access to Care
Rural families can face significant burdens in accessing psychiatric care, and there are many related costs that insurance doesn’t cover. Here are three ways that telemental health programs can offer added relief.
Reduced travel: Accessing faraway care can mean hours on the road or even travel by air. If patients need to be seen over a series of days, families bear the costs of hotel rooms and meals. Bad weather can disrupt plans and further delay treatment.
Reclaimed time: Days off from work or school can create another burden for families who have to travel to seek care. A potential loss of income adds to the hardship. Childcare costs for siblings at home suggest another barrier.
Relieved stress: Delays families face while struggling to secure appointments can mean the difference between a patient in need and a patient in crisis. Being seen more quickly facilitates timely treatment and follow-up care.