If you’re drawn to the idea of consulting with your doctor through teleconferencing instead of in person, you’re not alone. In a survey, more than 75% of respondents said they wanted this option, which also happens to be a well-appreciated application of telehealth.
In general, telehealth has plenty of advantages, but below are the most important:
You save money and time.
Consulting with your doctor with your device means not spend money on gas and parking, or public transportation. Aside from that, you save precious time.
You don’t have to skip work.
Video visits obviously remove the need to skip work because you can have one while you’re there. All you have to do is schedule your virtual consult before or after work, or while you take your break.Just find a spot where you get enough privacy and that’s it.
It eliminates issues with child or elder care.
Many of us have children or elder family members to take care of. Getting alternative care so you can consult with your doctor is costly and most probably difficult. You don’t want to bring them with you either as that would be stressful or impractical. Telehealth lets you see your doctor while performing your duties to your family.
Telehealth has grown in popularity.
A little research is all it takes to see that telehealth is now offered by so many doctors these days. Some online-only, on-demand options also exist, though they can’t handle all kinds of conditions. However, they can tackle a great variety of medical problems, and some insurers actually pay for this type of care.
Telehealth provides access to specialists.
Sometimes, you have to drive long distances to see a specialist. Through telehealth, you and your family doctor can use the expertise of specialists who may not be nearby.
You can avoid catching a new illness.
A doctor’s office is where sick people go. You can try to avoid catching anything, but the possibility is always there. Staying home means preventing the risk of exposure and of others your illness.
Also, when you go for a digital consult, you completely eliminate time that you would usually spend going over old newspapers or magazines at your doctor’s office.
Your overall health improves.
Being able to see your doctor as often as necessary and as conveniently as possible, you can better manage your medication, lifestyle and everything else that affects your health.
Considering all these advantages of telehealth, it’s only logical that an increasing number of patients and providers alike have made the switch.