What is Telemedicine and Why Use It?

Telemedicine is the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other. You can use this technology to have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on your smartphone, tablet or computer.  This is an easy and convenient way to get the care you need, whether you’re at home or on the go.

Do you live by yourself or have limited transportation? You can consult with a doctor online from your home.  Importantly, the spread of disease is reduced as you are not exposed to others in crowded waiting rooms.

This service is often available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  When your own doctor isn’t available, you might use a telemedicine app to get care for pink eye, sinus infections, sore throats, cough, colds and more.  Or you may obtain a doctor’s advice as to whether you need to go tot the emergency room.  Doctors can assess your condition and if needed, send prescriptions to the pharmacy you select. This is much quicker and easier than a trip to the emergency room or urgent care.

If you’re stressed, anxious or having a tough time, you could use telemedicine to talk to a therapist in the comfort and privacy of your home. An appointment may be required and is typically available 7 days a week.

This is a benefit offered in some Medicare Advantage plans.  The cost of the visit may be as low as $0 or may be at the co-pay cost for a primary doctor or specialist.  If your plan does not offer this benefit, there are apps available that charge a nominal fee for the visit.

Interested in learning more about your Medicare benefits? Reach out to us.

Suzanne Werts of Heartland Insurance

Suzanne Werts is the Principal Broker with the Medicare Resource Team
at Heartland Insurance Group.

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