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Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

Strong continued uptake, favourable consumer perception, and tangible investment into this space are all contributing to the continued growth of telehealth in 2021. New analysis indicates telehealth use has increased 38X from the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Huge Rise in Patients turning to Private GPs

The number of people turning to private GP services has soared over the past two years as patients struggle to get appointments with family doctors.

About 1.6 million people have used a paid-for GP for the first time, polling for The Times suggests, amid record lows in public satisfaction with NHS family doctor services as growing numbers decide to work part-time. Meanwhile almost half of GPs have said they would consider private work for an online service.

A Growing number of family doctors are deciding to work part-time. Currently over 58% work just 3 days a week or less, compared with only 31.4% ten years ago.

GP leaders say going part-time is often a decision designed to prevent burnout. Around a third of GPs say they are likely to quit direct patient care within five years.

A survey of GPs by magazine Pulse recently found 1.3 per cent already worked for an online private GP service part-time, and 0.4 per cent full-time. A further 47 per cent said they would consider doing so.

There are 70,595 doctors on the GMC's GP register and so this equates to about 1,200 already working as private online GPs. Doctors have no obligation to work for the NHS after completing their training.

Source: The Times 27 May 2022

Huge Rise in Patients turning to Private GPs
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