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A comparison of telehealth programs between the USA and Brazil: a legal perspective

Authors Garcia L, Silva E, Terra J

Received 3 June 2015

Accepted for publication 4 August 2015

Published 30 November 2015 Volume 2015:3 Pages 139—145

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/SHTT.S64447

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Manas Gartia

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Yelena Yesha


Lara Rocha Garcia, Eliézer Silva, José Cláudio Cyrineu Terra

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Abstract: Telehealth has the potential to improve access and outcomes for patients and to reduce health care costs across a wide range of health conditions and situations. The wide adoption of telehealth requires, however, a strong legal and financial foundation. In this article, we compare the evolution of American and Brazilian telehealth legislations and reimbursement schemes. The detailed analysis in this article shows many differences between these two countries that help to explain why telehealth in the USA has a much faster adoption rate than that in Brazil.

Keywords: telemedicine, telehealth, legislation and jurisprudence, remote consultation, telemedicine in Brazil, barriers of implementation

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