More on why physicians avoid email for patient communication

Dr. Centor sums it up:

Many physicians thus avoid email communication as another cost of time. The excuses against email communication are actually quite lame. There are secure methods for patient communication. Most insurers do not pay for email. Physician avoidance is mostly about money.

If we do not address the financial inequities among physician activities, then we cannot take advantage of technology to improve care. Our reimbursement methods are the problem. They cause the majority of problems in health care access. They drive the use of testing and procedures.