Here is the link to a Letter to the Editor which I wrote in support of telemedicine.
In case the link doesn't work (if you're not a subscriber or whatever, here is what was printed:
"TELEMEDICINE. I agree with Dr. Jon Thomas that Texas lawmakers should pass a bill to join 18 other states that have approved the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. (Letters, Jan. 5).
The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, in its recent review of the Texas Medical Board, also recommended that the Texas Medical Board support passage of the IMLC.
Joining the IMLC streamlines physician licensing across state borders so that conditions/diseases that are appropriate for telemedicine visits could be handled by a board-certified physician in another state.
There are many different types of telemedicine, and I encourage readers to educate themselves by reviewing information readily available at reliable sources.
Thirty-five Texas counties have zero physicians, and residents struggle to receive medical care.
Telemedicine isn't the total answer to the problem, but it will help.
Elva Roy, Arlington"
[Note: My letter was slightly edited by the Star-Telegram but the gist remains.]
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.