While 2016 saw an increaseof 46 percent in outpatient days with telemedicinevisits than the year prior, telemedicine still represents lessthan one percent of total outpatient visits. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Telemedicine has been touted as a breakthrough in health care access, giving patients who, forone reason or another, can't see a doctor in person, access viavideo conferencing or remote monitoring. And while a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundationshows more employers are paying for such services, another report suggest that enrollment has beenrelatively low.

The 2018 Employer Health Benefit Survey finds that employerscovering telemedicine has jumped from 27 percent in 2015to 74 percent in 2018. Large employers, those with 5,000 workers ormore, are most likely to cover telemedicine (83 percent) whilesmaller firms, those with 50 to 199 workers are least likely (65percent).

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