News > Telemedicine now covered under health insurance policies

Telemedicine now covered under health insurance policies

LiveMint | 12/06/2020 09:45 PM | Click to read full article

With the number of covid-19 cases rising rapidly in the country, social distancing has become the new normal, increasing dependency on technology. In case of less severe illnesses, people are resorting to telemedicine platforms such as Practo, Ask Apollo and iCliniq for online consultation with doctors. In a bid to offer some relief IRDAI on Thursday said all insurers that offer an outpatient department (OPD) cover must pay for the costs of telemedicine as well.

Telemedicine is the usage of electronic or digital media for the distribution of healthcare services, when the patient and doctor cannot be physically present with each other.