First, the Decree significantly simplifies the conditions for patient access to telemedicine. It abolishes the two existing preconditions for accessing teleconsultation that were necessary before the crisis, in order for the teleconsultation to be reimbursed under the French social security scheme:
- On the one hand, teleconsultation will be possible even if the HCP carrying out the consultation is not the patient's referring physician2 (médecin traitant);
- On the second hand, it is no longer necessary that the teleconsultation be preceded by a prior in-person consultation with the HCP within a twelve months period.
Teleconsultation is therefore no longer part of the “continuous healthcare pathway” intended and recommended, for example, for patients with chronic diseases, but rather addresses an emergency situation, since all patients who do not have a referring physician or whose referring physician is not available in a timeframe consistent with their health condition will be able to benefit from teleconsultation.