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Almost 2 in 5 employers now offer a virtual doctor visit benefit

The number of employers offering telemedicine options to employees is already high, and it’s growing quickly.

The research group Towers Watson tells VentureBeat that 38 percent of the employers it surveyed now offer some sort of telemedicine service to employees.

Many employers believe that by enabling remote doctor visits for simple health problems they can cut down on costs related to missed work and lowered productivity caused by illness.