Florida one step closer to virtual medical treatment

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Despite concerns from some lawmakers about out-of-state physicians, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a bill (SB 1646) aimed at increasing the use of telemedicine in Florida.

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee voted 6-2 to approve the bill, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.

Bean and other backers of expanded telemedicine say it can help provide more access to care, as physicians would provide treatment remotely through the Internet and other telecommunications technology.

But the issue also raises numerous questions about issues such as whether physicians who provide care to Florida patients should be licensed in the state.

Read more: Jacksonville Business Journal

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