You may have heard rumblings about a certain health care option that has been getting a lot of attention in recent years: Telemedicine.
Itâ€™s been called the biggest digital health trend of 2015. However, it really isn’t new or trendy. Telemedicine has been around for decades. So why is it said to be transforming the health care landscape now? The credit might go to technological improvements and increasingly time-crunched, financially strained consumers looking for a convenient, affordable health care solution.
Telemedicine is a supplemental health benefit product that complements your Obamacare or short-term health insurance plan.
There is a lot to appreciate about telemedicine, and here are 10 reasons to give it a try.
1. Talk to a doctor anywhere, anytime
Think of telemedicine as the modern-day house call. Forget trying to find an urgent care center at 1 in the morning, or getting dressed to visit the doctorâ€™s office. Stay in your pajamas. Stay in bed. Stay at your desk and call during your lunch break. Telemedicine connects you to a doctor 24 hours a day, every day of the year, wherever itâ€™s convenient for you.
2. Telemedicine doctors are real doctors
The telemedicine package available through healthedeals.com provides you with access to a national network of board-certified doctors who average 15 years of experience.Â These state-licensed doctors can diagnose and recommend treatment for an array of minor medical issues including cold, flu, allergies, pink eye, urinary tract infections, ear infections and more.
3. Skip the waiting and get treated fast
Maybe you need to fit in a call on your lunch break or after the workday when the clinic is closed. Maybe you canâ€™t get an appointment or you just donâ€™t want to sit in a doctorâ€™s office waiting room, potentially well past your scheduled appointment time, while you feel miserable.Â When you use telemedicine, a doctor will call you back within minutes, ready to listen and try to resolve your issue or recommend further medical attention from your primary car physician, a specialist or another health care provider
4. Don’t worry about networks
Call while out of town on business, your momâ€™s house in the next state, or even your beach vacation. When you use telemedicine, it doesnâ€™t matter where you are.
5. Prescriptions can be sent to your pharmacy of choice
If medically necessary, telemedicine doctors can write a temporary prescription for several medications. They will send it to your preferred pharmacy for you to pick up.
6. Cover yourself or your family for less than 50 cents a day
Telemedicine rates are budget-friendly. The telemedicine package available through healthedeals.com costs $12.50 per month for single coverage and $14.95 for family coverage.
7. Visits may cost less out of pocket than an office visit
Telemedicine has been estimated to save consumers $100 or more per doctor visit.1Â Pay $15 per consultation when you enroll in the telemedicine package available through healthedeals.com. Thereâ€™s no deductible to meet, just a flat fee for each consultation.
8. Plan extras can help you save money + improve your health
The telemedicine package available through this website comes with:
- Patient advocacy to support you should you encounter large out-of-pocket expenses associated with high deductible health plans, out-of-network charges or expensive prescription drugs
- A discount vision program that provides significant savings on eye exams, lenses, frames and other eyewear options
- IHC Best Health, a website filled with articles to help you and your family make healthy lifestyle choices.
9. More consumers and employers are turning to telemedicine
The number of patients using telehealth services is projected to rise from 350,000 in 2013 to 7 million in 2018, and the percentage of health care employers offering telemedicine is expected to increase by 68 percent from 22 percent in 2014 to 37 percent in 2015.2Â 3 As the fastest-growing demographic for social media, the 60+ population is expected to be â€œenthusiastic adoptersâ€ of telemedicine.4
10. Enroll easily, online
Telemedicine can be used virtually anytime and anywhere you have phone service, and you can enroll virtually anytime and anywhere you have access to the Internet. It takes a few minutes, and coverage begins as early as the next day.
Remember, telemedicine is meant to supplement your health insurance plan, not replace it. If you have questions or want to learn more about this product, call 866-278-1464 to speak with an IHC representative.