Imagine it’s the weekend or late at night, and you’re not feeling well. Even worse, your doctor is not available. In the past, your only alternative was the ER. Now, thanks to virtual care, you have an alternative to the ER when it’s not an emergency.
Here are three reasons why it’s a smart choice to use virtual care for non-emergency conditions:
1) Doctors are available 24/7/365.
It’s Saturday morning at 3am, and you’ve now had a fever for six hours that’s just not going down. Your primary care physician’s office won’t doesn’t reopen until Monday. With virtual care, board-certified doctors are standing by to diagnose your condition via phone, smartphone, tablet, or PC… no matter what time it is, and if needed, can email a prescription to your favorite pharmacy.
2) No waits. No travel.
With virtual care, you can have a consult with a doctor anywhere there is a phone or Internet access. So if you’re zonked out on the couch, you can have your doctor visit from right there… instead of dragging yourself out of the living room and into a waiting room, and exposing yourself to more germs. Plus, many virtual care providers, such as MDLIVE, offer average physician call-back times of less than 10 minutes.
3) It’s affordable!
Did you know that just one visit to an ER can cost as much as an average month of rent?! According to recent independent studies the cost of going to an ER can range around $1,200. Depending on the virtual care service you choose, the cost of a virtual doctor’s consult can be just $49 or less. And if your telehealth provider is covered on your current health benefits, all that you’d owe is a minimal co-pay.
Virtual care can be used to treat a whole lot more than just bumps and bruises. For example, the list of symptoms treated by MDLIVE includes: acne, allergies, cold/flu, constipation, cough, diarrhea, ear problems, fever, headache, insect bites, nausea/vomiting, pink eye, rash, respiratory problems, sore throats, urinary problems/UTI, vaginitis, and more!
Of course, for anything more serious be sure to call 911 and go straight to the nearest emergency room to get the highly skilled care that you need. However, for everything non-emergency, think virtual care first!