If you’re thrilled by the idea of videoconferencing with your doctor instead of seeing them personally, here’s what: you’re not alone. In a study, over 75% of survey participants said they would be happy to have this option, which is actually one of the most appreciated features of telehealth.
In general, telehealth has plenty of advantages, but below are the most important:
You save money as well as time.
Consulting with your doctor with your device means not spend money on gas and parking, or public transportation. Moreover, you save time.
You don’t have to skip work.
With a video visit, you obviously don’t have to take time off from work because you can do it while you’re at work. Simply schedule your virtual consult before or after work, or on one of your breaks.Just find a spot where you get enough privacy and that’s it.
It solves child or elder care issues.
Many of us have children or elder family members to take care of. It is usually difficult, not to mention expensive, to find alternative care while you go see your doctor. On the other hand, you don’t want them to come with you because that would be impractical or stressful. Telehealth allows you to see your doctor without keeping you from family responsibilities.
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 whole array of medical issues, and some insurance firms do provide coverage for this type of care.
Telehealth provides access to specialists.
In certain cases, you’ll need to far just to see a specialist. Telehealth allows you and your family doctor to leverage the expertise of specialists who may be out of town.
You can avoid catching a new illness.
Your doctor’s office is probably a place full of sick people. While everyone can try to avoid catching anything, it can always happen. By staying home, you can keep your risk of exposure at bay and prevent others from catching something from you.
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.
You improve your overall health.
Being able to consult with your doctor as frequently as you have to and as conveniently at that, you can better manage your medication, lifestyle and all other things that have a bearing on your health.
With these advantages offered by telehealth, it’s not surprising that more and more providers and patients alike are using the system.