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What is telepsychiatry?
Telepsychiatry describes psychiatric care where the psychiatrist meets the patient via a video call.
Who can provide telepsychiatric services?
Only licensed psychiatrists can provide telepsychiatric care.
Psychiatrists and licensed clinical psychiatric nurse practitioners are licensed health care providers. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication or do psychotherapy without prescribing any medication. The type of treatment depends on what is the most beneficial for the patient.
Telepsychiatry vs psychiatry
Telepsychiatrists work in exactly the same way: They may prescribe medication or treat their patients via non-pharmacological methods.
The difference between psychiatry and telepsychiatry lies only in the way the patient meets the psychiatrist. With telepsychiatry, the patient sees their doctor during video visits from the comfort of their home.
Not having to commute to an office for your psychiatric visit is one of the main reasons why more and more patients choose to see their psychiatrist online.
Telepsychiatry Insurance coverage
Telepsychiatric services are equivalent to traditional psychiatric services. As such they are covered by some health insurance providers. Check with your insurance provider for more information.