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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.

Telemedicine

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 telemedicine.

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.

Annoying factors

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 a specialist.

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?

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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 RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

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