US News May 13, 2022
Robert Preidt

FRIDAY, May 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Here’s one way in which the pandemic did not exacerbate health care disparities: A new study shows that telemedicine has closed the gap in access to primary care between Black and non-Black Americans.

The use of telemedicine boomed during the pandemic, so University of Pennsylvania researchers decided to examine how that affected Black patients’ historically lower access to primary care.

“We looked through the entire year of 2020, not just the first half of the year when telemedicine was the only option for many people, and the appointment completion gap between Black and non-Black patients closed,” said study senior author Dr. Krisda Chaiyachati,...

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