Telehealth: A Remote Care Solution During COVID-19
Because of COVID-19, many of us are trying to find ways to stay healthy and save money. One overlooked solution? Telehealth.
According to the Veterans Health Administration, those who stay home for their doctor’s visits can save an average of $6,500 every year. What’s more, this service helps grow the doctor-patient relationship and improve quality of care.
For those new to the world of telehealth, here’s what you need to know:
Understanding the Virtual Visit
Words like telehealth and telemonitoring might sound intimidating. But they’re simply referring to using video calls for real-time conversations with a health care provider outside the doctor’s office.
Thanks to advances in technology, medical professionals can now provide comprehensive, remote services to their patients. And telehealth isn’t just an option for primary care physicians—nurses and pharmacists can also offer virtual help and support. All you need is a way to see and hear each other, such as a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a camera.
Weighing the Pros and Cons
Of course, there are both positives and negatives of substituting telehealth for in-person visits:
- Pros: Virtual visits take the hassle out of the appointment process—no commute or waiting rooms required. Even better, studies show that telemonitoring can reduce hospitalization rates for certain health conditions. Not to mention, telehealth frequently receives high marks regarding patient satisfaction.
- Cons: Technical difficulties happen; you might run into internet issues or struggle with the video connection. Beyond tech woes, there might also be problems when it comes to health insurance. Not all companies reimburse telehealth services. Always double-check your plan’s rates and requirements to avoid a surprise bill in the mail.
Whether or not telehealth is what’s best for you long-term, it’s a way to receive in-the-moment medical advice during times when it’s safer to stay at home.
Answering Telehealth FAQs
Learn more here about how our virtual visits work, where to find a virtual clinician, and if Telehealth is the right choice for you.