Healthinsurance.com Gauges Telemedicine Use During Coronavirus Pandemic
The cost of healthcare still remains a factor for many Americans during the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey by healthinsurance.com, our direct-to-consumer website.
The survey found that 39% of respondents would think twice about seeking Coronavirus medical care due to cost. But more Americans may turn to virtual healthcare options like telemedicine to avoid the waiting room and potentially cut their healthcare expenses.
Why use telemedicine during COVID-19?
Now more than ever, the CDC recommends getting virtual medical care for non-emergency health conditions. Telemedicine users have 24/7 access to virtual healthcare, which can be a time-saver that keeps people safe from germs and the exposure to COVID-19.
Telemedicine connects patients with medical professionals via phone or video chat technology. These online doctors can assess, diagnose and treat patients for things like common colds, the flu, skin conditions, and sinus infections.
The silver lining of the healthinsurance.com survey is that 63% of respondents are willing to use telemedicine during the Coronavirus outbreak. Still, only 21% of respondents had actually tried it.
These survey results were gathered via an online poll of more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64. The poll was conducted from March 20, 2020 to March 23, 2020.
What is telemedicine anyway?
Telemedicine connects you with virtual doctors who can diagnose and treat your non-emergency medical conditions, including:
- Behavioral and mental health services
- Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, depression, panic disorders, stress management, and more
- Common cold
- Men’s health issues
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pink eye
- Sore throat
- Skin conditions
- Acne, eczema, hives, rashes, warts and more
- Sinus infections
- Women’s health issues
These online doctors can also prescribe medications for certain conditions and submit the order to your pharmacy of choice.
Telemedicine doctors are board-certified doctors who live in the United States and are licensed to practice in your state.
Telemedicine doctors require the same education, testing, and credentials as your in-person doctor, so you’ll always get proper medical advice on your non-emergency medical condition.
For more information about telemedicine, visit HealthInsurance.com.