23 Feb 2004

Concern that some American territories are missing out on cheap telemedicine

7:23 am on 23 February 2004

Guam's delegate to the United States Congress is tackling what she regards as an inequity that prevents several American territories receiving reduced health costs.

She says the "urban" qualification of Saipan, Tutuila in American Samoa, and Agana in Guam by the Federal Communications Commission prevents them receiving reduced telemedicine and telehealth costs.

Telemedicine involves the use of telephones and other forms of telecommunications to provide medical information and services.

The Guam delegate to the US Congress, Madeleine Z Bordallo, with other representatives of the territories, has introduced a Bill to label the areas "rural".