Gig Harbor, WA (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
Truth – winter and chilly weather is here, you, or someone in your family, will probably get sick and seeing a doctor will most likely be needed. When the inevitable happens, there is nothing more aggravating than being forced to sit and wait for hours in an Emergency Room or doctor’s office, only to see the doctor for a few minutes. And who has the time with our schedules jam packed with daily activities, business commitments, and kids’ schedules. Does this sound familiar? If so, simplify your life, and your schedule, by subscribing to a Telemedicine plan.
Telemedicine is a monthly subscription for routine healthcare services. It is a subscription service where people can speak with a doctor by phone, secure video, email, or text, about routine illnesses such as colds, flu, cramps, sore throats, etc. all from the comfort of their home or office desk. In a recent study by the American Medical Association, more than 36 million Americans have used Telemedicine in some way, and as many as 78 percent of ER, urgent care and doctors’ visits can be handled by phone, e-mail, or secure video.
Raymond Lavine of - Lavine: LTC Insurance recommends Telemedicine to all of his young, middle and maturing clients, whether they own healthcare plans or are without health insurance. “Telemedicine moves personal healthcare into the 21st Century,” states Lavine, an industry expert on Telemedicine and Long-Term Care benefits. “People are often too busy, unless they are very ill, to go to the doctor with routine illnesses because of work and family life. With the introduction of Telemedicine, access and convenience to healthcare using the internet, secure video, or the telephone, has made it easier to get the care you need with little to no delay.”
Lavine points out the top three benefits of Telemedicine:
1. Convenience – There is nothing more convenient than being able to speak to a doctor in the comfort of your own home when you are not feeling well, or not having to miss or be late for work because you are able to conference in to a doctor from your desk or secure video on your computer. “The goal of Telemedicine is to create an experience that closely mirrors a traditional doctor’s visit,” states Lavine. “With Telemedicine, a doctor will diagnose your health issues and also answer questions and prescribe medicine, just as they would if you are in the physician's office.”
2. Less time in the waiting room – Telemedicine eliminates waiting room time because there is no waiting when you are speaking to the doctor from your home or office. “It only takes a phone call or e-mail to make an appointment with a doctor,” says Lavine. “After that, you are ready to receive the healthcare you need.”
3. Cost-efficiency – With some Telemedicine plans, there are no deductibles to be met or co-insurances to be paid. “I receive inquiries frequently from physicians in a variety of specialties who want to be part of Telemedicine,” comments Lavine. “Why? Because they want to expand their practices, receive additional fees, and spend more time doing what they were trained to do – diagnose and help people.” Telemedicine decreases travel costs, which is especially true for families living in rural communities who would normally travel many miles to have access to quality healthcare services.
Of course there is also the benefit of avoiding inclement weather and not having to travel by vehicle in a snow storm or pouring rain, or in the early morning or late evening hours. “It is a disagreeable experience to handle a medical issue at 2 a.m.” says Lavine. “Wouldn't it be beneficial to speak with a doctor as soon as possible rather than wait until the morning?” In addition, Telemedicine is helping people get prompt second opinions.
The one caution Lavine explains to his clients is that Telemedicine is NOT health insurance, nor should it replace seeing a medical professional for regular care, emergencies, or serious illnesses. “Telemedicine is returning medical services to what it used to be, which is talking to your doctor the same day and not having to make an appointment days or weeks in advance,” comments Lavine. “These subscription plans are also beneficial for businesses, associations, and educational institutions to offer employees with or without regular health plans, as it would greatly decrease employees using sick days or time off from their work day to go to the doctor.”
If you are not familiar with Telemedicine and want more information about this growing new form of healthcare service, call Raymond Lavine at (253) 275-6091 or go to http://www.telemedicine4you.com. You can click on the link provided to see a short video prepared by Lavine.