Webcam GP appointments expected by 2020, poll suggests

Around 30% of people think they will have GP appointments via a webcam within 10 years, a YouGov poll shows.

The survey, commissioned by Virgin Media Business, found that 11% of adults think they will soon be able to interact with a doctor by pushing the interactive red button on their television remote controls.

The ‘Healthcare of the Future’ study found the UK public expects technology to transform access to healthcare service by 2020.

Lee Hull, Virgin Media Business’s public sector director, said the way people get medical advice will 'change beyond recognition’ in a ‘few short years’. 

‘The NHS has already made huge progress and developments in technology mean there are now more ways than ever for people to get the medical advice they need,' he said.

‘High speed communications delivered over fibre optic networks will mean that developments the public is keen to see, such as seeing their GP via webcam, are not only possible but affordable too.’

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