Telemedicine, as providing health services through audio or video content that can be held in real-time or subsequently, is a market that has existed for several decades and is therefore nothing new. However, with the constant development of technology and its application in medicine, the boundaries of telemedicine are expanding every day so more and more doctors are deciding to earn extra money in their spare time.
In addition to the many benefits that telemedicine provides to patients, such as shorter waiting times for doctor consultations, better availability of quality services and easier access to specialists (which is especially important during a global pandemic), telemedicine also offers benefits to doctors who choose to work this way. In addition to flexible working hours and the aforementioned additional earnings in addition to regular work, doctors can reach a larger number of patients and gain experience from the comfort of their own home and without the need to open private practices.
Specializations such as radiology, psychiatry, dermatology, cardiology, but also primary health care, due to the nature of work, can make much better use of the opportunities that telemedicine offers compared to, say, the specialization of gastroenterology. Patients most often decide for a virtual meetup with a doctor to request a consultation or interpretation of findings. However, there is also a branch of telemedicine that deals with patient monitoring. These are most often patients who either have long-term illnesses and have devices that allow doctors to check the patient’s condition, which also common being situations in which the patient’s condition is monitored through telemedicine after surgery. It is important to note that telemedicine is not a substitute for conventional medicine but is there as addition and complement so that the patient has a better and faster service available.
In addition to providing medical services to patients, telemedicine is also used for consultation with other specialists, which, according to the research by the American Medical Association is particularly pronounced in emergency medicine, pathology and radiology, and also allows smaller hospitals and surgeries to outsource work when they are full on the existing work capacity.
To be able to work and receive a salary in the telemedicine market of a country, doctors need a work license specific for that country, and for the sake of competitiveness, it is desirable to have at least 6 months of work experience in the same country as employers often do not acknowledge candidates without work experience. Thus, for example, a radiologist who went to Denmark and worked for several years but decided to return to Croatia has all the possibilities to earn money from Croatia and work in telemedicine for Danes. Given that, according to a market study done for the European Commission, the telemedicine market in Europe will grow at a rate of 14% per year, doctors with international experience and licenses in other countries have many opportunities that were unimaginable until a few years ago.
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