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Virtual doctor visits are on the rise, especially as we reach the peak of cold and flu season. In fact, patients are encouraged to stay home and receive virtual care, so not to risk the spread of the viruses to other patients and healthcare workers. If you are not familiar with virtual care, fear not. Here’s what you need to know to make the right health decision for you.
What is Virtual Care?
Also known as telemedicine, remote care, and telehealth, virtual doctor visits provide medical care using technology. Patients do not have to physically visit a clinic, hospital, or doctor office, but rather video conference with a doctor at home. Patients talk one on one through a live video conference via their smartphone, tablet, or computer. Virtual visits are for non-emergency medical concerns, and have limitations on the treatment they can provide.
What are the Benefits of Virtual Care?
- Patients do not have to leave home- you avoid the waiting rooms, lines, and commute.
- Germs are not spread- You are not risking the spread your illness or catching a new virus.
- Flexible hours- You can schedule appointments at your convenience day or night.
- Ease of communication- The technology needed for the virtual visit is something most people have already- a smartphone, tablet, or computer
- Reduced costs- Virtual care generally cost less than in office visits. Also many health plans will cover telemedicine in their benefit with preferred providers.
- Doctors can prescribe medication and send medication directly to your pharmacy if needed.
What Medical Conditions can be treated through Virtual Care?
- Allergies and congestion
- Cold symptoms- cough, runny nose, and sore throat
- Flu symptoms- fever
- Ear infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Migraine and headaches
- Stomachache, diarrhea, and vomiting
- Rashes and insect bites
- Minor cuts, burns, and infections
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