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Virtual doctor visits extended until Dec. 31

The province announced today it would be extending physicians' payment codes for virtual visits until the end of the year
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Nova Scotians will be able to continue to have appointments with their doctors by using telephone and videoconferencing, at least until the end of the year.

The province announced today it would be extending physicians' payment codes for virtual visits until Dec. 31, 2020.

"We know Nova Scotians and doctors have appreciated keeping their appointments through virtual visits," said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey in a news release. "Further extending this short-term measure makes good sense as we continue to deal with COVID-19."

The government implemented the measure earlier this year temporarily during the COVID-19 shutdown.

It plans to evaluate the situation while coming up with a long-term approach to virtual care.

In an interview earlier this month, the president of Doctors Nova Scotia said virtual visits with patients have allowed physicians to be more efficient.

Dr. Robyn MacQuarrie said the ability to host appointments by telephone and videoconferencing could also be helpful when winter weather hits.

According to the Department of Health and Wellness, as of Sept. 2, more than 919,250 services were provided virtually by physicians in Nova Scotia.




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