Telemedicine Is a Scam

One more reminder of why we should resist “telemedicine” with all we’ve got. Parents decided to seek a telemedicine diagnosis for a small kid with a penile infection. Being complete idiots, they photographed the poor kid’s penis and triggered Google’s child porn filter. The article’s author is making this about bad, evil Google but there’s a much larger issue in play. “Telemedicine” is a scam. Diagnosing people sight unseen and prescribing God know what on the strength of pictures that could have come from absolutely anywhere is scandalously wrong.

It’s hard to feel bad for the parents who would accept such a bizarre way of diagnosing a small child but there are always fools who’ll agree to weird things and poison the well for all of us.

4 thoughts on “Telemedicine Is a Scam

  1. “Telemedicine” is a scam. Diagnosing people sight unseen and prescribing God know what on the strength of pictures that could have come from absolutely anywhere is scandalously wrong.

    You have this exactly right!

    I did a “telemedicine” visit with the VA and the diagnosis was wrong in my opinion. One of the prescribed drugs had been pulled from the market by the FDA but when I questioned their prescription they claimed it was safe. I didn’t take any of the prescribed ‘meds’. I have also not NOT subjected myself to any more ‘telemed’ visits.

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  2. When we had a telemedicine appointment for a rash on my kid during the pandemic, we were specifically told that we could not send photos (presumably for the reason you state: that it cannot be verified where the picture actually came from). Instead, the doctor “looked” at the rash live during the video appointment. It sounds like something similar happened in this case (he did not send the photos to the doctor), so it really wasn’t a telemedicine issue at all but a Google cloud one. He could just have easily have had the same problem had he been taking photos to take in and show the doctor in person (to demonstrate the progression of the infection, for instance). Having said all that, I also hate telemedicine and agree that it is a scam – a doctor really needs to see patients in person! But fwiw, I do think there are rules about not using photos for remote diagnosis.

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  3. All about the bucks. Serious and dedicated medical professionals, I do not believe to be the problem. It’s Sammy Beancounter and Phillip Stockshares maximizing profit. The big lie is how telemedicine will revolutionize healthcare in a good way, save the patient time and money. Telemedicine has only put medical care in the hands of unscrupulous thieves and costs patients inordinate amounts of time and money while degrading the level of care provided.

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