Why you should use telemedicine services for non-emergencies


I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.

Going to the doctor with most insurance (or no insurance) these days is getting more and more expensive. And, I feel like you end up waiting far too long to see the doctor. Most visits end up being at least a two hour event by the time I drive there, see the doctor, drive home and maybe pick up a prescription.

Even worse, going to an urgent care clinic or the ER because your doctor is closed, but the condition isn’t life threatening will cost you even more time and money. And don’t forget the germs you and/ or your family members are subjected to when going to the emergency room.

Why you should use telemedicine services for non-emergencies

With telemedicine providers, you don’t have to leave your house. You can use your phone, iPad and/or sometimes a computer to have immediate access to a doctor. With Amwell, just choose the type of visit (doctor, therapist or nutritionist) you are looking for and select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Amwell takes your privacy very seriously. Your visit with the doctor is secure and HIPAA compliant. Amwell is accepted by major insurers, with more added every day. Enter your health insurance information for a low cost visit. Amwell doctor visits are now available in 46 states.

You have access to board certified doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re on a phone, tablet or computer you’re now just three clicks to care. Seriously, you’re only three clicks from doctors who can diagnose, treat and even prescribe in some states.

A regular doctor visit will be a 10-15 minute “appointment.” A session with a dietician will be 30 minutes. And a session with a therapist will 45 minutes. All without having to get in your car and drive to the appointment.

We were able to try out a free visit just this week for my daughter’s fever and sore throat. The doctor was very nice, even looked in her throat and discussed the next steps we should take in her care. She even said if we needed to call back tomorrow, they would waive the fee.

Reasons to Use Telemedicine:

Lower cost. In-office visits costing, on average, $82 for the first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs without insurance. As a plus, they also accept many major insurance plans.

Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who don’t have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.

Convenience. Now you don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do you need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their home.

Quick prescriptions. Consumers can have an online video visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.

Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors. (Don’t tell me you haven’t posted a picture or asked for medical advice on Facebook at least once!)

Typical issues for services include according to Amwell:

  • Bronchitis
  • Cough / Cold
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Pinkeye
  • Flu
  • Sprains and strains
  • Respiratory infection
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight concerns
  • Smoking cessation

Want a completely free visit? Use the code for “MOMSLOVEAMWELL” and the visit fees will be waived!

Have you used telemedicine before? What did you think of it? What will you use a service like this for?

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  1. This is a fantastic idea. Sometimes I want to ask a medical question without the hassle and long wait of a Drs office visit.

  2. pat chance says:

    This is a great idea – when you know you have something and know what you need as far as a prescription goes you don’t have to wait at the dr’s office.

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