Pressure on Health Professions Council of SA to greenlight remote consultations
Pressure mounts on medical regulator to let doctors see to Covid-19 patients over the phone or by video call
UPDATE: The Health Professions Council of SA on Thursday temporarily relaxed its restrictions banning telemedicine, allowing doctors to be paid for online consultations with existing patients.
It sent a letter to medical organisations stating that occupational, speech and physiotherapists can also share rehabilitation exercises or advice over the phone or through a video call with existing patients. Psychologists offering counselling can treat new patients on the telephone. The council's letter made it clear the permission to practice telemedicine was only for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic...