Telemedicine offers affordable and attainable health care

A doctor holding her mobile clinic.

by Karl Tatgenhorst on November 24, 2010

In this economy, many people are finding themselves without health insurance. Even though the Federal Government is stating that we must all have insurance, the fact is many people are without. A new option for these people is coming on the radar. These people are forced to live in fear of getting sick, but now with telemedicine many illnesses can be handled for about the price of an average copay. These services create networks of Doctors who tie into a common infrastructure to offer basic services online or by phone. One such service is provided by a client of the company I work for and it is called myRealMD.

myRealMD offers options for single people and or families to receive quality non-emergency medical care. The service is capable of providing prescriptions (non-narcotic) to treat ailments that they are capable of diagnosing in their setting. Additionally, if you have medical questions which do not require being seen (for example I have symptoms X,Y and Z could I have this disease?) those can be sent via e-mail and answered by a physician, allowing you to determine from them what additional care you seek.

I have good health insurance, but I have still signed my family up for this service. When one of my kids is sick, I can initiate a consultation from my computer and carry on my evening at home until the doctor is available. When the virtual visit is over, the prescription is faxed to my local pharmacy. I just have to go in and pick it up (Fagens will even deliver it for a nominal charge).

I think that one of the best things I look forward to with telemedicine is that by redefining a doctors business model they are going to reintroduce competition to the field of medicine and we may look forward to a reemergence of a focus on quality health care. Additionally, the fact that this is so affordable I think will drive plans and charities to be organized around it. The future of medicine is wide open. How do you think this will affect the medical industry?

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  • Anonymous

    Has anyone had any experience with telemedicine?

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