“The last thing I wanted to do when I wasn’t feeling well was to go outside, start the car in the freezing cold and wait in an urgent care room – possibly contracting more germs,” said Michelle Green, customer service manager.
We’ve all been there, you’re at work, feeling absolutely terrible. You’ve got head pressure and pain and you know you’ve got a sinus infection. But you have meetings and can’t possibly find time to step out to go to the doctor.
You don’t have to now with the help of telehealth services.
Telehealth is a way for you to access a physician online, so you don’t have to drive to the doctor’s office. Telehealth doctors can treat common conditions such as:
- Sinus infection
- Ear infection
- Sore throat
- And more
Once you’ve seen the doctor, they can send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice, it doesn’t get much easier than that!
“It turned out that downloading the app and dialing in from my couch was super easy and a great option. After a brief 10-minute call with the doctor, I had a prescription called in and by Monday morning I was already feeling better,” Green said.
Not only is telehealth convenient, but it saves money. The cost of a consultation with a telehealth service is less than that of a visit to your doctor, urgent care or emergency room. It’s quick and easy to pay your cost share up front and a telehealth service can file the claim if your insurance carrier accepts telehealth claims.
“I’m on a high deductible health plan and a trip to the urgent care would normally cost at least $200,” said Kristen Vetock, director of customer service delivery, “With telehealth, I was able to be seen right away and it only cost me $49!”
So next time you feel ill, consider using a telehealth service. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) works with Amwell. You’ll want to register before you get sick. If you’re not a BCBSNE member check to see if your insurance company partner’s with Amwell by visiting their website, www.amwell.com.