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Telehealth During Pandemic Improved Outcomes, Lowered Costs (Guest: Charlie Katebi)

January 26, 2022

Telehealth During COVID-19 Improved Health Outcomes and Lowered Costs

During the public health crisis, the Trump administration removed reimbursement obstacles to telehealth. The response was overwhelming. In the first six months of 2020, telehealth usage soared 7,400 percent. That usage initially drove up costs, but over time, patients started using fewer health services. Costs dropped 61 percent from $1,099 to $425 per month.

Co-author Charles Katebi, a healthcare analyst with Americans for Prosperity, discusses why that seems to be the case and what lawmakers can do to make telehealth access permanent.

Schieber and Katebi discuss the pros and cons of telehealth and how this health care delivery reform has support from both sides of the political divide.

Charles Katebi and Arielle Kane, of the Progressive Policy Institute are the authors of: Telehealth Saves Money and Lives:  Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Charlie Katebi was a state government relations manager at the Heartland Institute.