- After the Supreme Court opinion leaked draft, interest in the telemedicine abortion clinic Choix has surged.
- The U.S. government permanently permitted mail delivery of abortion pills in December 2021.
- Choix said the reversal could mean more people traveling to other states to access abortion services.
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A draft Supreme Court ruling leaked on May 3 was based on a landmark ruling protecting women’s right to abortion, Roe v. Wade can be turned over. If the bill is overturned can mean Abortion is outlawed in 23 states
Based in California, Choix is a telemedicine clinic for sexual and reproductive needs run by nurse practitioners and physicians.
Telemedicine refers to health care services that can be provided to patients remotely, from the comfort of their home, using technologies such as video conferencing. Telemedicine companies can provide:
Includes services such as online counseling and treatment.
The service gained popularity during the pandemic, with utilization skyrocketing in April 2020 to over 32% of outpatient visits resulting from telemedicine. McKinsey show. According to the report, this percentage has stabilized between 13 and 17% for all telehealth services.
Choix, who is licensed to provide services in California, Colorado and Illinois, said the number of visitors to the website and patient inquiries about the types of care the website offers has skyrocketed, and since then inquiries about the states providing the services have increased. leakage.
“We’re getting a lot of attention. People will probably want to know if they need this kind of care where they can go. I think this surge is actually for people to learn more,” said Co-Founder and CEO Cindy. said Adam. she said
White House Lift ban on mail-order abortion pills April 2021 after the Supreme Court had previously made a ban abortion pills in postal delivery. that much The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decides In December of last year, it permanently allowed abortion pills to be delivered by mail instead of administering them in person.
According to Choix, Rov. It will be difficult for the patient to get treatment as the Wade case is likely to be overturned. A reversal could mean that people travel to different states to access telemedicine abortion services.
“We’re seeing and suspecting an increase in certain parts of the state where people are easier to travel. We’ll probably see a really big surge in access to health care in parts of Southern California and Illinois. Patient Travel It has to be the focus of it,” said Adams.
Choix patients are not required to present proof of residency to access services, but will be required to verify identification with a selfie as part of the reception process. They only need the address of the state providing the service so that Choix knows that a patient is being treated at or near that address.
“Seeing just how much a restrictive country challenges us would be an unfair challenge, at least. It will be interesting to see how they come after telemedicine abortion clinics because they don’t require other telehealth providers,” Adams said. said. .
Choix provides abortion services by allowing customers to sign up for a website, create a patient portal account, and fill out an online medical questionnaire. When a patient submits an online questionnaire, a health care provider will review it within 24 hours to determine eligibility.
If the patient chooses to proceed, a final consent form will be completed and a prescription for the abortion medication will be mailed to you from the partner pharmacy. Abortion medications are the same medications that patients receive when they go to an offline clinic.
Founded in 2020, Choix said colleagues from offline clinics are already seeing increased requests for appointments in states like Illinois, leading to longer wait times for in-person appointments.
“We hope our model will help alleviate the capacity problem,” Adam said. “So it can help schedule face-to-face visits for patients who really need or actually prefer face-to-face care.”
According to Choix, one of the challenges that telemedicine abortion clinics face with new forms of treatment is that many people are still learning about the safety and efficacy of drug abortion in general, and the knowledge gap about drug abortion via telemedicine is much larger. .
There is a lot of misinformation about the safety of drug abortion through telemedicine and concerns about data privacy, he added.
“We still get calls for many weeks to make sure we are real and humans answer phone calls. And they are very relieved to hear that we are here and that we are real.” Adam told Insider.
“As our understanding of abortion through telemedicine continues to increase and access continues to be limited, we expect to see even greater influx of patient care requests,” she added.