With the number of Coronavirus cases rising each day, social distancing is becoming the new norm. So what does this mean for +in-person doctor visits? Are there any alternatives?
Telemedicine is one answer. This virtual healthcare option allows patients to meet with board-certified physicians via phone or video chat for non-emergency medical needs. It’s not a new concept, but it’s one that’s becoming more popular in light of the pandemic.
So how do Americans feel about using telemedicine during COVID-19? Let’s find out.
Our healthinsurance.com telemedicine survey revealed that nearly 64% of respondents would use telemedicine while practicing social distancing, but less than 9% have actually used telemedicine during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Another 35% of our respondents feel that telemedicine appointments are as good as in-person doctor visits.
You can see more responses in our telemedicine survey highlights.
COVID-19 testing is underway across the country with many states trying to keep up with demand. Americans are concerned about paying for testing and the cost of getting treatment for Coronavirus.
Our March Newsmax guest column covers some facts about these issues:
Fact #2, which deals with health insurance and COVID-19, has become a hot topic. There are some myths that insurance plans won’t cover COVID-19 treatment. But the truth is, insurance companies pay for COVID-19 care the same as they do for the flu.
Some insurance plans include telemedicine services or people can purchase it independently even if they don’t have health insurance, buying a telemedicine plan.Telemedicine offers an affordable option to seeing a doctor for non-emergency care. In fact, it’s estimated that patients save $100 on average over in-person visits using telemedicine.
Telemedicine is important now more than ever as over 60% of people avoid medical care due to costs, according to our telemedicine survey. When it comes to Coronavirus, another 39% would think twice about going to the doctor because of treatment costs.
We continually monitor the latest news and trends surrounding Coronavirus. And one of the biggest issues facing the nation is unprecedented job loss due to the pandemic, which unfortunately, has led to many people losing their health insurance. Another healthinsurance.com survey found that 24% of Americans have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, while 56% don’t know about their coverage options if they lost their health insurance.
A whopping 85% of respondents aren’t even aware they can buy a standalone telemedicine plan from providers like Teladoc. Telemedicine plans typically start at $12.95 per month for an individual to $16.95 for a family. Each telephone appointment usually ranges from $20 to $40.
People on Medicare also have some good news regarding telemedicine. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, Medicare patients now have access to telephone and video chat systems to connect with their telemedicine doctors at no additional costs, as announced in our Fox News video. These telemedicine services were excluded from Medicare coverage in the past.
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