Your membership allows you to speak with a doctor within minutes of calling, no waiting for hours in emergency rooms or urgent care clinics.
Telemedicine, sometimes called telehealth, connects people with healthcare professionals by phone or over the Internet. Using a telemedicine service, you can get a diagnosis, advice on managing the issue, and if applicable, prescriptions for certain types of non-narcotic drugs. You may also be able to get short-term refills on existing prescriptions.
:DentalPlans offers three plans - :DP CompleteCare, :DP SmartHealth and :DP HealthNow - that include telemedicine services. Optimize your savings by choosing :DP CompleteCare or :DP SmartHealth – both include a dental plan and big discounts on essential health services such as telemedicine. If you already have dental coverage, :DP HealthNow provides the healthcare savings that you need.
:DP’s telemedicine plans connect you with U.S. board-certified doctors who live and work in the U.S. and are licensed to practice in your state. Consultations are free for plan members.
The average cost of an emergency room visit (for a non-life threatening condition) is $2,168. The American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America estimate almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, and ER visits could be handled safely and effectively with telemedicine.
Doctors can call in prescriptions for non-narcotic
medicines to your choice of pharmacy,
It’s estimated that 35% to 38% of people who visit the ER are exposed to another virus while there.
Telemedicine has been in use for over four decades. It started as a way to deliver quality care to people living in rural areas with limited access to medical care. Over the past 20 years, the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now used by hospitals, home health agencies, private physicians and other medical professionals to provide easy access to medical advice, monitoring and care.
The American Telemedicine association estimates that there are currently about 200 telemedicine networks in the US, with over half of all U.S. hospitals now using telemedicine. Around the world, millions of patients use telemedicine to manage their health.
Several studies have been conducted to gauge patient satisfaction with telemedicine services. Overall, 98% of patients were satisfied with the medical services they received via telemedicine consultations and 84% of patients preferred to use telemedicine services for their non-urgent healthcare needs.
Telemedicine eliminates much of the cost, anxiety, and time-wasting annoyances associated with getting professional medical care for common conditions like allergies, rashes, colds and flu, sinus infections, and other easily diagnosed and treated illnesses. Telemedicine diagnosis often utilizes video consultations that can provide the same information as an in-person visit (you may also upload photos of symptoms such as rashes, etc.). Some health issues are, or course, better treated face to face.