Get used to virtual – it’s our future
Virtual GP consultations are nothing new, but the pandemic is showing a shift in people’s behaviour, in accepting a virtual GP appointment as a now familiar way of ‘seeing a doctor’. Thankfully, the NHS and many health insurance providers already had the groundwork laid for changes before the pandemic.
Between May-July 2020, we experienced almost double the number of remote GP appointments booked through the Simplyhealth GP service, compared with the same period in 2019, and registrations to the app also saw a 572% increase from May-July 2020.
As we’ve explored in this interactive eBook, today many services can be provided remotely and programmes can be tailored to SMEs (99.9% of UK businesses3), as well as larger firms. With more companies needing, and even looking for external guidance on health and wellbeing topics, the onus is on brokers to seize this opportunity.