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5 Things You Never Knew About Seeing a Doctor Online

April 3, 2019

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The benefits of seeing a doctor online go far beyond convenience and speed.

It's Thursday at 5 p.m. and you're stuck at work with an annoying sore throat, but no time to get to the doctor's office. You've got a big meeting tomorrow and need to feel better—ASAP.

If you've ever been in this type of situation, you know that there's nothing worse than needing care and not being able to get it. Thankfully, there's a new alternative, video visits, which allows you see a doctor quickly on your time and schedule.

Video visits offer easy access to health care from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Whether you're in pajamas on the couch, up in the middle of the night with a sick child or traveling and can't make it to a clinic, you can see a health care provider on demand, even outside of normal business hours.

There are many benefits to video visits, including that it's convenient and fast. You can book an appointment as soon as possible or in advance. But if you've never seen a doctor online before, you may have hesitations. Video visits are a fairly new concept and it's normal to have questions. You may also not realize that the advantages of getting care online extend way beyond ease and speed. To help you determine if a video visit is right for you, here are five things you never knew about seeing a doctor online.

1. You can see a doctor online for most common illnesses.

Allergies, colds, coughs, earaches, flu, sore throat, rash and stomach upset are a few of the conditions that can be treated via video. Women's services like UTIs and yeast infections can also be treated virtually. Video visits are a good option for any service that is not life threatening and doesn't involve a hands-on exam, test or x-rays. If you think you're seriously ill or experiencing an emergency, don't try seeing a doctor online. Call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.

2. You can fit a video visit around your schedule.

Don't put off seeing the doctor because it's a pain to book an appointment. Video visits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's perfect for getting care before or after normal business hours or in the event of an unplanned sickness. Video visits are also a convenient option if you are unable to drive. It's also no problem to cancel or schedule an appointment that's more than an hour away right from your phone or computer.

3. You can get prescriptions.

If a prescription is recommended as part of your treatment plan during a video visit, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice without you having to lift a finger. You can use your prescription insurance to pay for any prescriptions prescribed as part of a video visit.

4. Your privacy is fully protected.

Video visits are covered under The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects your health information. Its security standards extend to video visits, so you can rest assured your private data is safe.

5. You can save money.

In addition to saving you time, video visits also help you save your health care dollars. Generally speaking, online care for many common illnesses is more affordable than a visit to the emergency room or urgent care center.

Let the doctor come to you.

If you need a prescription, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice with MinuteClinic Video Visit. Get details and see how it works.