We asked you on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and only one-third of you said you’ve participated in a video conference with a medical practitioner. Virtual health visits are a quick and efficient way to get a diagnosis from your doctor for a minor ailment and receive the treatment that you need.
Why would I participate in a virtual doctor visit?
Instead of traveling to a hospital or clinic, sitting in a waiting room and seeing a doctor or nurse in person, health care will come to you in the comfort of your own home. Because most plans offer service 24/7, virtual consultations come especially handy when your child is sick and you don’t have to haul the whole family to the ER in the middle of the night.
How does it work?
Virtual health visits allow patients to consult with a doctor or nurse practitioner for non-emergency medical conditions such as a cold, the flu, pinkeye, UTIs or a rash. You can video chat with them using your laptop, smartphone or tablet and discuss your symptoms with him or her. Depending on your diagnosis, your health care provider will send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice, and your medication will be waiting for you upon arrival. So easy!
While virtual health visits are included in most health insurance plans, most people do not take advantage of this convenient opportunity. It’s a relatively new service in the ever-evolving world of telemedicine that many patients may not know is readily available to them. Check with your insurance carrier today to see if your plan offers virtual care. Or if you would like more information on telemedicine services, call our office at 901-365-3447 or contact Hal Stansbury on our team today.