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hpcsaBusinessLive reports that doctors are pleading for the medical regulator to allow them to consult via video and voice calls to keep vulnerable patients safe at home and ensure that those with Covid-19 symptoms don’t come into busy waiting rooms.  

The rule forbidding such consultations has been contentious for years, with "telemedicine" having come into vogue in some parts of the world.  In recent weeks, calls by doctors to relax the rules have reached fever pitch.  The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has yet to make a decision.  The restriction means health professionals cannot bill for video consultations because most medical aids won’t refund them in full.  Moreover, malpractice insurance firms judge health professionals by HPCSA rules and if the rules do not change, psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals will not have indemnity cover when participating in telemedicine. Many will not accept such financial risk and patients will suffer.  Yet, Discovery medical scheme encourages and pays its GPs to consult with existing patients over its own video platform.  The SA Medical Association (Sama) has joined calls for the regulator to relax the limitations.  HPCSA registrar Kgosi Letlape commented:  “The council is not against dropping the limits, and a decision will be made as soon as possible.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive

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