Virtual care is not a substitute for in-person consultations, but rather a complement. It’s a convenient and timely way for patients to access health care providers. For patients in rural or remote communities, virtual care is a way to access services that may not be available near their home. For patients with mobility issues, it’s a way to access care without further compromising their health. And for patients seeking the best care available, it’s a way to consult with specialists outside of their province or territory.
Virtual care can significantly improve the health of Canadians, but there remain too many barriers to make it happen.