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Your doctor is available for online advice; Concerned about Happy Valley annexations?

Telehealth is real, and it's a sign of technology meeting health care.

According to a 2018 survey by the consultant company Accenture, 78% of adults surveyed were interested in receiving virtual health care services.

In Oregon, a telemedicine parity law exists which requires both private insurance and Medicaid to cover telehealth sessions the same way they would cover in-person treatment.

While Oregon is making great strides, residents in other states aren't so lucky. Oregon is one of only 26 U.S. states that has such a parity law.

Telehealth is great for patients who are unable to get themselves to their doctor's office for various reasons such as a lack of transportation, living too far from public transit, or simply not having the time to leave work or their children to get there (think of a 20-minute call that does not require a 10-to-20-minute drive each way). Particularly, elderly patients who are unable to drive, rural patients who live far from their doctor and anyone who appreciates saving their time could benefit from telehealth.

Your smartphone can work smarter for you. Most smartphones have video-call capabilities meaning patients can show worrisome ailments over a video-call instead of having to present it in person. If you're worried about quality of care, rest easy. A July 2019 survey completed by American Tele-Med (ATA) found that over half of their respondents (51.3%) said that their telehealth care was the same or better than in-person care.

Will you be making your next check-up via telephone?

Terrence Hunt

Oregon City

Concerned about Happy Valley annexations?

In August 1965, a small group of people who feared Portland was going to annex their area established a city: Happy Valley. History does repeat itself. Happy Valley's City Council is now actively pursuing an attempt to annex what they call North Carver.

Do the citizens of Carver want to be part of Happy Valley? Are they aware of this activity? Happy Valley has been working on a "Comprehensive Plan" with the primary goal to annex North Carver. What do you know about it? Is it a land grab, or is it a benefit to both sides?

Several days ago I wandered through parts of Carver to ask 10 residents if they knew of this plan. Not one said they had heard of it! They did say they did not like it and will oppose it. Not a perfect sampling, but it was an eye-opener.

Why are our elected representatives doing this? What are the advantages to either side? How much will it cost? How much has it already cost us, the taxpayers?

Call them, see what their answers are. Believe them?

Roger W. Hollingsworth

Unincorporated Clackamas


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