Department of Defense

Allow telephone consults for follow up medical issues

Allow medical officers to do medical consults with patients for simple issues, like upping an Rx or getting a new rx for a Rx. Example: Civilian dependent got a Rx a couple weeks ago for allergy medicine. The Dr stated that if it wasnt enough, come back and they would up the medicine. Instead of the civilian having to miss out on work and money to go across town to the MTF and filling a slot with a non emergency/urgent appointment, if a telephone consult were conducted, it would reduce the money lost for the patient, the time lost on a non-important appointment and give that time slot to a patient that might truely need it. The Dr would be able to spend more time on patients, and if the demand was reduced, manning could be reduced.

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Idea No. 11485