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What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine connects you with virtual doctors who can diagnose and treat your non-emergency medical conditions, including:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Behavioral and mental health services
    • Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, depression, panic disorders, stress management, and more
  • Common cold
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Men’s health issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Sore throat
  • Skin conditions
    • Acne, eczema, hives, rashes, warts and more
  • Sinus infections
  • Women’s health issues

Telemedicine doctors can also prescribe medications for certain conditions and submit the order to your pharmacy of choice.

How does telemedicine work?

Telemedicine companies, like our partner Teladoc, typically require you to set up an account and provide your medical history before agreeing to treat you.

  • Step 1: Set up an account in minutes - either online or by downloading a mobile app.
  • Step 2: Schedule an appointment.
  • Step 3: Connect with your doctor to get care from the comfort of your own home. Telemedicine visits can be done by phone, FaceTime, and video chat technology.

We also have a handy checklist to help you prepare for your first telemedicine appointment.

How much does telemedicine cost?

The cost for telemedicine will vary depending on your health insurance plan and reason for your visit. But the good news is it’s typically easy to get a telemedicine quote.

Getting a telemedicine quote is easy to do. Teladoc’s plans range from $12.95 per month for an individual to $16.95 per month for a family. Please note, there may be an additional cost per Telemedicine session, too.

Keep in mind, you can still sign up for telemedicine with no insurance.

What are the advantages of telemedicine

There are situations when seeing your doctor in-person makes sense. But for non-emergency health scenarios, telemedicine services have plenty of benefits.

  • Convenience: You can get high-quality virtual healthcare services from the comfort of your own home with nothing more than your mobile phone.
  • Speed: Virtual appointments can be scheduled quickly, and you don't need to worry about traveling to a doctor's office and facing a waiting room.
  • Access: Patients can make immediate appointments with an array of specialized doctors nationwide, and receive care 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • Affordability: Telemedicine services often cost less than their equivalent in-person medical care.
  • Privacy: Telemedicine services must adhere to HIPAA privacy rules, which means your medical information will be safe and secure.

Who are the doctors?

The online doctors are board-certified doctors who live in the United States and are licensed to practice in your state.

Telemedicine doctors require the same education, testing, and credentials as the doctors you would see in an office, so you’ll always get proper medical advice on your non-emergency medical condition. And though they’re virtual doctors, they’re real people too.

Are telemedicine sessions safe and confidential?

Yes. Our Teladoc partner complies with all relevant state and national laws and regulations, including the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, known as HIPAA.

The bottom line

Telemedicine is changing the way we access healthcare and engage with doctors.

The convenience of telemedicine services paired with the potential savings you can expect from a telemedicine appointment can bring true value to your health and your wallet.

How to get a telemedicine quote or connect with a virtual doctor

You can get a telemedicine quote right here through our site, which will give you access to 24/7 online care in just a few clicks.

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