News Release: Florida Medical Association
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Medical Association (FMA) today released additional polling information relating to the issue of telemedicine. FMA found overwhelming opposition in allowing out of state physicians and practitioners, those not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Florida, to participate in telemedicine.
When asked about the issue of out of state doctors practicing medicine over the internet, and not licensed to practice medicine in Florida, 70 percent of respondents indicated that they are opposed to allowing such actions, with 57 percent strongly against (Q1). Close to 75 percent were also opposed to those same physicians, not licensed in Florida, to prescribe drugs and controlled substances over the internet, with 62 percent strongly in opposition (Q2). Further, when asked about allowing healthcare practitioners other than physicians to practice telemedicine in Florida, 71 percent opposed, with 52 percent strongly opposed (Q3).
“Florida patients are strongly opposed, as is the FMA, to allowing out of state physicians and practitioners who are not licensed in Florida to not only practice telemedicine, but to prescribe drugs and controlled substances over the internet,” said Timothy J. Stapleton, Executive Vice President of the Florida Medical Association. “The FMA supports the use of telemedicine and will work tirelessly to ensure that high standards, protections against fraud, and patient privacy are addressed in any legislation.”
The FMA addresses the issue of telemedicine through its proposed a 5-point plan, and supports legislation that will modernize medical practice by establishing uniform standards for physicians and protect patient safety.
The poll of 606 likely Florida voters was commissioned by the Florida Medical Association and conducted by Voter / Consumer Research from February 1st – 5th, 2014, with a margin of error ± 4 percent.
Q1. - One proposal deals with telemedicine, where doctors practice medicine from another state over the internet. Would you favor or oppose permitting doctors who are not licensed by the state of Florida to treat Florida patients through telemedicine?
Favor - 26 percent
Strongly Favor - 10 percent
Somewhat Favor - 16 percent
Oppose - 70 percent
Strongly Oppose - 57 percent
Somewhat Oppose - 13 percent
Q2. Would you favor or oppose doctors who practice telemedicine from another state to prescribe drugs and controlled substances for Florida patients?
Favor - 23 percent
Strongly Favor - 9 percent
Somewhat Favor - 14 percent
Oppose - 74 percent
Strongly Oppose - 62 percent
Somewhat Oppose - 12 percent
Q3. Would you favor or oppose allowing healthcare practitioners other than physicians to practice telemedicine in Florida?
Favor - 24 percent
Strongly Favor - 7 percent
Somewhat Favor - 17 percent
Oppose - 71 percent
Strongly Oppose - 52 percent
Somewhat Oppose - 19 percent