In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Telemedicine : A Perfect Partnership in Saving Money and Time
We are self-reliant. We always
have been and itís an approach we prefer.
However, there are times when
we need to ask for help and a good example is in the arena of healthcare.
This is when we research
reliable medical information sites on the
internet such as Mayo Clinic, WebMD and other respected organizations. When
several sites give us corresponding information, we can feel confident that the
data we are consuming is accurate. Still, there are times when we would like to
consult a medical doctor in order to get a more trained analysis. Living outside the U.S.
for so many years, we have gotten used to walking into a clinic or hospital without an appointment
to see a medical professional. Itís easy and affordable.
The future is now
But there is something both
exciting and practical underway called
Recently we read an article
which explained the United Kingdomís plan to establish a new system of ďvirtual
clinicsĒ where General Practitioners will connect with patients via iPads and Skype. This is a
very successful idea that is being imported from India and will save the UKís
National Health System billions of dollars.
But this is nothing new. In the
United States, the insurance commissioner of the state of Georgia secured a grant in
2005 setting up telemedicine systems in 40 hospitals and clinics. If a child in
rural Georgia needs to see a doctor, itís now possible for him to go to the
nurseís office at school. With the videoconferencing equipment available, he and
the nurse speak to a pediatrician hundreds of miles away. In half an hour, a
child can be seen, diagnosed and treated without the inconvenience and time
expense of parents having to drive to a physicianís office in the next town.
Programs such as these are
spreading to nursing homes, prisons and urban schools too. The use of telehealth
and mobile technologies can prevent unnecessary hospital stays through better
management of a patientís health before it becomes so serious as to
require emergency medical intervention.
Thatís nice. How can I benefit?
We realize this may be an odd
concept for many of you and we respect that. No one is asking you to forego
seeing your doctor face-to-face. But as an alternative and perhaps a preemptive
action, telehealth could save you both time and money.
Most of you have had the
experience of waiting an hour or more for your doctor even though you have a
scheduled appointment. Regardless as to the reasons for this long wait, that
misspent hour is a waste of your time and itís money lost in lack of
productivity. Not to mention the time spent traveling to and from their office,
dealing with traffic, finding a parking spot and fuel costs for your vehicle.
Who wants to be a pawn in the system with no ability to change it? Most people
in the waiting rooms are sick and that canít be good for your condition either.
Wouldnít it be nice to simply speak with a doctor detailing your symptoms and
then move forward from there?
Chances are you donít have some
rare undiscovered disease. More likely you are suffering from a common ailment
that the physician can alleviate. But even if you have something serious, at
this level of appointment you would receive more information before moving on to
In our world today,
telemedicine is a logical step in taking full responsibility for oneís health
care without working through the maze of the conventional system. And, it can
save you both time and money. Why not think out of the box for ways to support
your own self-reliance?
To find out more about
telemedicine and e-med services,
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha
Kaderli are recognized retirement
experts and internationally
published authors on topics of
finance and world travel. With the
wealth of information they share on
their award winning website
they have been helping people
achieve their own retirement dreams
since 1991. They wrote the popular
The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and
Retirement Dream IS Possible
available on their website
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