Healthcare in America is changing and the change will be very beneficial to everyone but especially to family caregivers, seniors and baby boomers. And here’s the reason why – Telemedicine (TelehealthCare).
Telemedicine is the fusion of healthcare with technology. Members are able to speak directly with a live physician about common healthcare issues or conditions by phone, email or web video. That will definitely save you time, gas and money on your out-of-pocket cost. This is not a new healthcare concept. In fact, Medicare has recognized and paid for telemedicine services for recipients living in rural sections of each state. Their members consult with a live physician about common conditions such as colds, mild fevers, asthma, rashes, UTIs and other non-life threatening issues which are generally handled over the phone and now with the advent of technology via email and web video. Got an iPhone? Then it’s just a matter of time before you’ll buy the app that connects you to your telemedicine provider.
Twelve states have mandates in place regarding implementation of a telemedicine program for their residents. Several of these states (California, Texas) will see exponential savings in implementation of a telemedicine program capable of reducing unnecessary physician visits and unnecessary ER visits that are currently costing anywhere from $900-1,200 per visit.
Make no mistake, telemedicine does not take the place of a primary care provider; nor does it eliminate the need for a healthcare program. It simply makes it easier for individuals with no healthcare program to reach out and connect with a physician without leaving their home. For seniors a telemedicine program will actually help you save time, gas and money on an unscheduled doctor’s visit; which generally takes all day. Family caregivers benefit from having access to a physician via their telemedicine program any time of day or night regardless of where they live.
And what about travelers who become ill while on vacation? Don’t cancel your vacation due to a mild health issue; call your telemedicine provider. Forgot to pack your meds? Call, email or contact by web video your telemedicine provider and speak with a physician to get a refill. It’s that simple.
The enrollment fees will vary for each telemedicine firm. Keep in mind that there is typically no waiting period and everyone is accepted.