When the family is away, and somebody feels under the weather, a telemedicine visit can salvage the vacation for everyone! Nobody wants to spend precious vacation time sitting at an urgent care center or in a hospital emergency room.
When planning a family vacation this summer, remember, there’s a “must have” addition to your packing list that won’t take up any suitcase space. It’s an app for your smart phone that gives you access to a board-certified telemedicine physician from wherever you happen to be sightseeing.
Remote medical care, known as telemedicine, is when the patient and the provider are in two different locations, but linked by telephone or a secure two-way video connection on a smart phone, computer, or tablet.
Without a resource like Telemedicine, these patients would end up using an ER or Urgent Care when they can’t get to their primary doctor. Telemedicine allows people who are away from home to see a qualified physician when they need to address a minor medical condition for themselves or their children.
Ideally, patients should receive medical care from their primary care physician in person. The patient’s second-best option is a telemedicine visit with his/her physician. When neither of those two options is available, a telemedicine visit with another provider who can address minor medical conditions is acceptable.
Examples of minor medical conditions that could be addressed with a telemedicine visit:
Telemedicine providers can write prescriptions and send them to the nearest pharmacy. Health insurers in New York State are mandated to cover telemedicine visits by members who are enrolled in their commercial products. While telemedicine services are available to anyone with or without health insurance, most health insurers have a recommended in-network telemedicine provider.
Before you leave home, contact your health insurer using the customer care phone number on the back of your member ID card and ask which telemedicine provider they suggest you use. Then, download the app to your smart phone and open an account so that you can be a few clicks away from medical care when you need it.
Nobody wants to spend precious vacation time sitting at an urgent care center or in a hospital emergency room. When the family is away and somebody feels under the weather, a telemedicine visit can salvage the vacation for everyone.