ACHI Health Policy Director Craig Wilson imagines the healthcare landscape of the year 2050 in an essay written for the November issue of the Arkansas Times, which features predictions from several prominent Arkansans.
“Most mental health therapy will be delivered remotely, with the therapist at one location and the patient at another location,” Wilson writes. “Until the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in 2020, in some practices remote therapy was primarily used to accommodate patients with mobility issues or scheduling challenges, or to supplement a therapist’s practice with evening or weekend hours. Patient demand is now making remote therapy a more integral and necessary part of practice.”
Wilson’s other predictions include increased corruption of healthcare services by misinformation, an end to employer-sponsored health insurance, and increased involvement in health care by retail conglomerates like Walmart and Amazon.