It’s midnight and your child has a raging fever. With your computer, tablet or smartphone, you can now connect with a board-certified doctor online in a two-way live video chat.
Virtual medical visits are available 24/7, and save time and money for patients and healthcare providers. In some states, prescriptions can be sent directly to your pharmacy. You can pay for your “visit” using a credit card, receive a report to share with your primary care physician, and request a receipt for insurance purposes. But virtual doctor visits do not replace routine health screenings and tests, or emergency room trips when time is of the essence.
Some of the larger insurers offer virtual medical visits as part of their plans. Visit LiveHealth Online and American Well to learn more: livehealthonline.com/home.html; americanwell.com.