Telemedicine has increased in popularity over the past several years, but in this day and age of taking extra safety precautions, social distancing, and the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine is more essential than ever.
Almost all of the health insurance carriers provide a telemedicine service it is normally the same price or less expensive than an office visit.
In addition to carrier telemedicine services, many provider offices offer this option; it may even be required if someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. Telemedicine can be an affordable alternative to traditional office visits and may help limit your own exposure to viruses while also protecting health care professionals on the front lines.
With telemedicine offered through your health insurance carrier, you can see and talk with a doctor via mobile device or computer – 24/7, without needing an appointment. The doctor can give you a diagnosis and prescription, if needed.
Here are some common medical needs that may be treated by a doctor virtually:
- Bladder infection/ Urinary tract infection
- Cold/ flu
- Sinus problems
- Sore throat