To: The Medical Board of California
Keep TeleHealth Legal in CA
We oppose the measures that The Medical Board of California has discussed imposing upon the practice of telemedicine, which would prevent patients who lack mobility or convenient access to their preferred doctor from being evaluated remotely via a secured online video meeting.
Why is this important?
Esteemed Members of the Medical Board of California:
It is with great concern that we, the collective TeleHealth patients and practitioners of the progressive state of California, address recent reportings that your board has intentions to disband the use of telehealth platforms used for the purposes of medicinal cannabis evaluations. As with any blanketed approach to policy change, this misguided effort will leave thousands of California residents, taxpayers and voters without a convenient method with which to meet a certified doctor.
As I’m certain you’re aware, the purposes of medical marijuana are to reduce pain and discomfort caused by a vast array of ailments, including but not limited to: cancer, anxiety, cataracs, and chronic pain caused by injuries. Many of these ailments commonly treated by medical marijuana limit the mobility of a patient and leaves these individuals without an easy, cost-effective way to visit a doctor.
TeleHealth, as with much of the ever-more digitally advanced world we live in, applies a modern technological convenience to an age-old practice: meeting with your doctor. We implore you to support and push forth the utilization of conferring with a trusted medical professional whenever anyone has a question or concern about their own health, especially if they are already too ill to easily leave home, and without forcing them to otherwise employ costly means of medical transportation.
The TeleHealth Patients of California