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Time is precious, especially when emergency strikes. Sometimes there is simply no time to lose, and professional help is needed at that very moment. Instead of wasting time traveling to a clinic, it can be much more practical for the patient to connect to their doctor via a video conference. The doctor can instruct the patient what to do while the emergency vehicle is on the way. 

Video conferences are much more effective than calls in such situations since they allow the doctor to see the patient and understand clearly what they are doing. Sometimes doctors may even demonstrate the required actions, which is often more helpful than simply hearing the instructions over the phone. A time factor is crucial for doctors as well, since sometimes they may encounter an urgent case where they have to act fast despite the lack of expertise. If there is no time to wait for an expert, they can call the said expert and follow their instructions via a video conference. This practice, although not ideal, can save lives. The time aspect is especially poignant in rural areas, where specialized doctors and hospitals are scarce. It is also pretty important in big cities where traffic jams are commonplace. When there is no time to cover the distance between the doctor and the patient, a video conference should serve as a viable alternative. 

Healthcare is already way too expensive in some countries, and patients shouldn’t be forced to pay extra to get to a specific location. It is important to remember that not all patients live in areas with good public transport, and some may be forced to pay for the expensive taxi service. Some patients may refuse treatment altogether when they cannot afford to cover traveling expenses, which can lead to gruesome consequences. Family can often help, but it is clear that not everybody has got one. Even if it is the case, not every patient lives close to their immediate relatives.

Whether the family can get the patient to a qualified professional or not should not affect the quality of the patient’s treatment. It is worth noting that video conferencing benefits hospitals as well, especially when they do house calls. When paying for one medic to go to a specific patient may not seem like a big deal, such trips do add up. In the end, they become a substantial financial burden on even the most profitable hospital. Video conferencing in healthcare allows doctors to examine and diagnose patients right from their office. They can then determine whether an in-person meeting is necessary.