The COVID-19 pandemic is straining all the country’s health care resources right now—including the supply of physicians. In response, nearly all 50 states are temporarily suspending regulations to allow physicians to practice across state lines and to encourage the use of telemedicine, which lets patients interact with doctors remotely via audio or video…
…Medical professionals are typically licensed on a state-by-state basis, so a doctor licensed in one state can’t practice in another without receiving an additional license. The patchwork of licensing requirements across states is a major obstacle to the use of telemedicine because physicians are generally only permitted to provide telemedicine services to patients in states where they are licensed.
State licensing restrictions and limited insurance reimbursement are two primary obstacles restricting the growth of tele-medicine and tele-dentistry. Both obstacles have been reduced in response to the pandemic shutdown. This may be the silver lining in the pandemic. It seems we can do just fine in fact do better with fewer restrictions and regulations.