There are many advantages to using Telemedicine. Telemedicine allows health care professionals to meet with patients through video calls and is a great resource for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Compared to traditional urgent care and emergency room visits, telemedicine is more economical, quicker and helps reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases.
Telemedicine is economical
Although telemedicine is not an alternative to health insurance, it can be very beneficial for uninsured people or those who have health insurance with high co-payments. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 27.5 million uninsured Americans. Being uninsured prevents many from receiving critical care they need due to high medical costs. In a recent study conducted by the Alliance for Connected Care, researchers found that using telemedicine could save up to $100 or more, compared to a doctor’s office visit. With telemedicine, patients can access board-certified U.S. licensed physicians and receive a diagnosis and prescription (if needed) with only a $25 co-pay.
Telemedicine is a fast service
Telemedicine allows patients to receive medical consultation on the same day. This means patients can avoid waiting for appointments and sitting in crowded waiting rooms.
With telemedicine, you do not have to:
- Wait on the phone to talk with the reservation clerk at your doctor’s office.
- Wait for the first available appointment that fits your schedule.
- Wait to get a parking spot that is closer to the door of the building.
- Wait in the waiting room at the time of your actual appointment.
- Wait in the exam room for the doctor, following check-in with a nurse or physician’s assistant.
- Wait for the doctor to return to the exam room with any additional information or prescription form.
Common conditions that can be cared for using telemedicine include:
- Cold & Flu
- Ear Infections
- Sinus Infections
- Pink Eye
- Insect Bites
Telemedicine reduces the spread of diseases
Telemedicine is critical because it reduces the risk of contracting contagious diseases. Since people are not sitting in a waiting room or visiting medical professionals in person, there is less risk of spreading diseases through contact or bodily fluids.