According to the data of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), in April this year, compared to the same period in 2019, the number of remote consultations in primary health care institutions increased by nearly 68 times – from 11 thousand to 758 thousand. The specialists of from the Ministry of Health are pleased that in an effort to effectively combat the spread of coronavirus, Lithuanian residents have become more conscious and avoid unnecessary visits to medical institutions.
Remote consultations with family doctors and other primary health professionals have increased significantly as early as this year. For example, in February 2019, 9 thousand such visits were recorded and in February 2020 – already 28.5 thousand, in March 2019 there were 9.6 thousand such visits and in March 2020 – already 479 thousand. The largest number of remote visits was in April 2020 with 718 thousand cases of remote consultation this year, when 11 thousand in the same period in 2019.
In most cases, residents used remote healthcare services of a family doctor, a child disease doctor and an internal disease doctor, as well as remote consultation with a family doctor.
The Ministry of Health inform that in March this year, remote mental health services for the population were launched. More than 5 thousand such services were provided to residents in March 2020, and in April this number was already 40 thousand. Most of these services (more than 33 thousand) consisted of remote health care counselling from an adult psychiatrist.
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