EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH

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Letter to Editor
Telemedicine in Low and Middle Income Countries: Closing or Widening the Health Inequalities Gap?
European Journal of Environment and Public Health, 2021, 5(2), em0075, https://doi.org/10.21601/ejeph/10777
ABSTRACT: Telemedicine has shown potentials in salvaging the dwindling healthcare system in low and middle-income countries but faced certain challenges that may create new health inequalities especially based on income. This letter discusses the debate that arises regarding the role of telemedicine on health inequalities in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). It calls for the development of strategies to prevent the widening of the health inequalities gap in LMICs from telemedicine usage. Recommendations were also highlighted to facilitate universal health coverage in LMICs through telemedicine.