Having a video conference with a doctor is the latest in medicine. According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 15 million Americans received some kind of medical care remotely last year. The American Telemedicine Association predicts that these numbers will increase by approximately 30 percent this year.
What Is Telehealth?
Telehealth, which enables video or phone appointments between a patient and their health care practitioner, benefits both health and convenience. More health care providers are offering to “see” patients by computer and smartphone.
With telehealth, you don’t have to drive to the doctor’s office or clinic, park, walk or sit in a waiting room when you’re sick. You can see your health care provider from the comfort of your own bed or sofa. Virtual visits can be easier to fit into your busy schedule. With telemedicine, depending on your schedule, you may not even have to take leave time from work or arrange for child care.
What to Expect During Your Telehealth Visit
During a telehealth visit, your health care provider might ask a variety of questions to help better understand the patient’s symptoms.Once your health care provider has the necessary information from triage, they’ll begin to walk the patient through an examination. Your health care provider will have you feel your sinuses, watch you breathe, tell you to push on your ears, zoom in on your eyes or nose or have you cough.
At the end of a visit, your health care provider can supply you with a note for work or school, write a prescription and potentially make notes in your medical record for future visits. If your Glofusion Health health care provider isn’t able to help accurately diagnose the cause of the patient’s symptoms, they might suggest using GloFusion Urgent Care or scheduling a follow-up visit with a health care provider.
Does Insurance Cover Telehealth
42 states and the District of Columbia require private insurance providers to reimburse telemedicine. To find the most up-to-date regulations in your state, use this Policy Finder tool Most insurance providers cover at least some form of telehealth service. Contact the insurance providers you accept to see if they cover reimbursement for any telehealth services.