Patients Oppose Unlicensed, Out of State Physicians Practicing Telemedicine and Prescribing Drugs

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Erin VanSickle
    evansickle@flmedical.org
    (850) 339-3184
    www.FLmedical.org

     


    Patients Oppose Unlicensed, Out of State Physicians Practicing Telemedicine and Prescribing Drugs, Controlled Substances in Florida

     

    -Florida Medical Association Releases Additional Polling Data Relating to Telemedicine-

     

     TALLAHASSEE —  The Florida Medical Association (FMA) today released additional polling information relating to the issue of telemedicine. FMA found overwhelming opposition in allowing out of state physicians and practitioners, those not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Florida, to participate in telemedicine. 

    When asked about the issue of out of state doctors practicing medicine over the internet, and not licensed to practice medicine in Florida, 70 percent of respondents indicated that they are opposed to allowing such actions, with 57 percent strongly against (Q1). Close to 75 percent were also opposed to those same physicians, not licensed in Florida, to prescribe drugs and controlled substances over the internet, with 62 percent strongly in opposition (Q2). Further, when asked about allowing healthcare practitioners other than physicians to practice telemedicine in Florida, 71 percent opposed, with 52 percent strongly opposed (Q3).

     “Florida patients are strongly opposed, as is the FMA, to allowing out of state physicians and practitioners who are not licensed in Florida to not only practice telemedicine, but to prescribe drugs and controlled substances over the internet,” said Timothy J. Stapleton, Executive Vice President of the Florida Medical Association. “The FMA supports the use of telemedicine and will work tirelessly to ensure that high standards, protections against fraud, and patient privacy are addressed in any legislation.”

    The FMA addresses the issue of telemedicine through its proposed a 5-point plan, and supports legislation that will modernize medical practice by establishing uniform standards for physicians and protect patient safety.

     The poll of 606 likely Florida voters was commissioned by the Florida Medical Association and conducted by Voter / Consumer Research from February 1st – 5th, 2014, with a margin of error ± 4 percent.

     

     Q1 - One proposal deals with telemedicine, where doctors practice medicine from another state over the internet. Would you favor or oppose permitting doctors who are not licensed by the state of Florida to treat Florida patients through telemedicine?

      Favor 26 percent
      Strongly Favor 10 percent
      Somewhat Favor 16 percent
      Oppose 70 percent
      Strongly Oppose 57 percent
      Somewhat Oppose 13 percent

     

     Q2. Would you favor or oppose doctors who practice telemedicine from another state to prescribe drugs and controlled substances for Florida patients?

      Favor 23 percent
      Strongly Favor   9 percent
      Somewhat Favor 14 percent
      Oppose 74 percent
      Strongly Oppose 62 percent
      Somewhat Oppose 12 percent

     

     Q3. Would you favor or oppose allowing healthcare practitioners other than physicians to practice telemedicine in Florida?

      Favor 24 percent
      Strongly Favor   7 percent
      Somewhat Favor 17 percent
      Oppose 71 percent
      Strongly Oppose 52 percent
      Somewhat Oppose 19 percent

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