Once upon a time house calls were commonplace. But as medical care became more specialized, privacy laws were enacted, and insurance complicated everything, house calls became a thing of past, reserved for concierge or pay-as-you-go practices. Thankfully, telemedicine is changing all that. Not only is telemedicine more convenient for both doctor and patient, it can also be cost effective. Next time you are thinking about heading cross town to visit your medical or urgent care provider, consider telemedicine. And if you are worried whether telemedicine rates are worth, the answer may surprise you.
Telemedicine – what is it?
Telemedicine – sometimes referred to as Telehealth – is a modern convenience, although it does claim humble beginnings in the form of old-fashioned house calls. With telemedicine, medical professionals can use any variety of personal technologies – to include smartphones and tablets – to conduct remote clinical services without the need for an in-person office visit. With telemedicine, consultations, therapy sessions, follow-up visits, urgent (non-emergency) care and wellness management are all conducted via secure, HIPAA-compliant aps and technologies.
Telemedicine – a very good thing
For many, access to quality primary healthcare can be a challenge. Long waits on the phone, driving across town, finding parking and then waiting even longer in a waiting room can be frustrating and, frankly, not the best use of valuable time. Gaining access to your primary care physician – especially if you are part of the veterans’ healthcare system or live in a remote area – can make it even more so. Not to mention those who are infirmed, have limited access to transportation, or who – due to work or other responsibilities – are unable to find time during the day to spend visiting their doctors. For these reasons, and more, telemedicine is a viable, widely accepted and often embraced service for those seeking outstanding medical care, but unable to get there.
It’s hard to dispute that great quality medical care is worth its weight in gold, but when one factors in the many additional costs involved in sustaining that care, the bill can add up. With telemedicine, there is no need to factor in time spent away from work or hiring a babysitter. No reason to drive across town or pay for parking. Most importantly, telemedicine allows you to be seen in a very reasonable amount of time – often the same day – which means that you can address your non-emergency medical conditions before they become urgent or emergency problems. As a bonus, many doctors who hold regular hours in a brick-and-mortar office will conduct follow-up or continued service via telemedicine, making seeing your favorite doctor even more easy and convenient.
Select telemedicine providers – such as Jacksonville, Florida’s eMDnow — are revolutionizing convenient primary and therapeutic care by offering free medical subscription plans with $39 co-pays for veterans’ online appointments and $59 online appointment for non-veterans. These prices stand, even for those who do not carry medical insurance. Many telemedicine providers – eMDNow is one of them – do in fact accept many insurance plans (to include Tricare and Veteran’s Choice), meaning the price you would pay – whether a veteran or not – may be significantly less that you’d expect to pay at an Urgent Care facility, even with insurance. If through your employer or other group you are receiving eMDNow as part of your benefits, you may not even be required to pay at all.
Telemedicine Care in Jacksonville
Florida residents now can receive online or walk-in primary, therapeutic and diagnostic care from eMDNow, where our board-certified providers – each of whom is a veteran or has served as a Department of Veterans Affairs care provider – continue to serve you and the community. Why wait? Click here to see what conditions we treat. For walk-ins or in-person wellness or urgent appointments, call (800) 511-0497. To try telemedicine, simply download the eMDnow ap for iPhone or Android cellphones and follow the prompts.