Rene Y. Quashie Quoted in “Telemedicine: Stuck in the Waiting Room” – The Economist

The Economist

Rene Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC office, was quoted in an article titled “Telemedicine: Stuck in the Waiting Room.”

Following is an excerpt:

In America, the world’s largest health-care market, states license doctors. Jurisdiction depends on the patient’s location, not the doctor’s—so doctors must be licensed in all states where they have patients, and meet care standards that René Quashie, a health-care lawyer, says are “complicated, incoherent and sometimes contradictory”.

The situation in the European Union is simpler: countries may not pass laws that would stop doctors practising telemedicine, and doctors need only be licensed in one country to practise in all. But member states do not agree on whether to pay for care that is administered remotely; some, including Germany, rarely pay for it at all.