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Lack of healthcare in rural Nebraska prompting a push to expand telehealth service

Lack of healthcare in rural Nebraska prompting a push to expand telehealth service

A lack of mental health care in rural Nebraska is prompting a new push to expand telehealth services.

A psychiatrist at Richard Young Hospital in Kearney, Dr. Hugo Gonzalez says it is one of the leading facilities for telehealth care in the state.

He says some patients have to wait up to three months for a face-to-face appointment.

"Some of my nurse practitioners that's what they do. They sit in front of the screen or the computer and they see patients continuously, have meetings on telehealth with the people of Sioux city and Norfolk trying to help those communities that are less fortunate than us," said Gonzalez.

Dr. Gonzalez says with the lack of health professionals in rural areas telehealth has allowed him to treat patients as far as Valentine and Sioux City.

"So we simply make an arrangement like an appointment, they have appointments to see me regularly, and again they go to their local clinic connect with them and they're just at home, very close to home it's like going to see the local doctor and it's really great," Gonzalez said.

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