Possible downsides: Although the physician would have to have a clean record and a license in the state where he or she is, some other states such as South Carolina have weaker physician discipline, according to the findings of a 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation into states’ handling of physician misconduct.
The bills on licensing and insurance rules, Senate Bill 115 and Senate Bill 118, were both proposed by state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, the former head of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, and have both passed the Senate.
Separately, legislators are continuing to work on the problem of expanding broadband internet access throughout rural Georgia. They set up some rules last year, but major holes remain including how to fund it.
Medical experts also caution that telemedicine is not the cure-all for Georgia's severe shortage of rural doctors. The patient on the receiving end has to have some high-quality technology, as well as, much of the time, someone to take vital signs and possibly take blood samples or give medicine. A recent Federal Communication Commission report found that 28 percent of rural Georgians don't have access to high-speed internet.