By Dr. Yasir Abunamous,
DocReady Primary Care and Urgent Care Physician

With all of the recent social distancing and stay-at-home orders, telemedicine has really taken off. But, you’d be surprised to know that telemedicine has actually been around for a while. In fact, telemedicine has already started to change the world of healthcare, and it won’t stop anytime soon. In today’s post, we’ll discuss how telemedicine has made healthcare more accessible, affordable, and has improved the quality of care. Keep reading to learn more, and book your virtual visit with a board-certified DocReady doctor today!

Accessibility

Telemedicine makes healthcare more accessible to everyone — all you need is internet access or a phone. Additionally, telemedicine has improved accessibility for those in rural areas as well as those with transportation barriers.

Rural Areas — People in rural areas rely on telemedicine, especially for their primary care. In fact, this was one of the reasons why telemedicine came about. Our virtual doctors at DocReady are board-certified, capable of diagnosing and treating a variety of health conditions as well as placing orders for prescriptions. This makes it much easier for people in rural areas who live far away from healthcare facilities to get the care and medicine that they need.

No Travel Required — Many people struggle with transportation issues and may not have access to a car or public transportation. Others may not be able to take time off work for a doctor’s appointment. Luckily, telemedicine removes these barriers. There is no travel required since your visit is virtual, so you get to stay in the comfort of your own home and make an appointment at any time.

 

Affordability

Telemedicine is very affordable. The doctors are still board-certified but you pay less out-of-pocket. At DocReady, we do not require any insurance, and you’ll also find that our services are cheaper overall when compared to in-person visits, even if you do have insurance.

No Insurance Required — Most telemedicine services, including those provided by DocReady, do not require insurance for their virtual visits. The price of our telemedicine services is the same amongst both those with and without health insurance.

Cheaper Overall — Even if you do have insurance, you’ll find that telemedicine visits are often cheaper than your ordinary in-network, in-person visits. This is because, while not explicitly listed on your bill, when you visit a doctor’s office, you are partially paying for additional costs. These costs, especially if you are visiting a private practice, may cover building expenses, secretary pay, nurse pay, and more. Some doctors may even add on an extra charge if you arrive late!

 

Better Care

Many people actually experience better care when they choose telemedicine over in-person doctor’s visits. Telemedicine is a great way to reduce stigma barriers as well as improve the continuity of care.

Reduced Stigma Barriers — A lot of people feel sick to their stomach at the thought of having to go and visit a doctor. They may feel anxious or nervous about having to reveal personal, intimate details about their bodies to a stranger. Luckily, telemedicine is a great way to reduce stigma barriers. Being able to stay in the comfort of your own home while you speak to a medical professional lends itself to people being able to open up more about how they’re feeling. Additionally, at DocReady, we also offer text messaging plans, so if you’re uncomfortable speaking with a doctor face-to-face, you can still get the help you need.

Improved Continuity of Care — Telemedicine makes it much easier for people to actually follow-up with their medical problems. A lot of times, people just simply don’t want to make the trip and wait forever in a waiting room just to follow-up about a previous condition. However, those who use telemedicine find it much easier to reach out to their doctors for a follow-up appointment. Additionally, at DocReady, we offer follow-up appointments at a lower price than initial appointments, further improving your continuity of care.

Book A Virtual Appointment with DocReady!

 DocReady offers telemedicine services to anybody, granting people better access to more affordable and improved care. At DocReady, our doctors are able to diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions. We work with health concerns regarding primary and urgent care, men’s and women’s healthcare, as well as mental health. Additionally, we offer subscription plans so that our telemedicine services are even more affordable and readily available to you. Are you ready to reap the amazing benefits of telemedicine? Book an appointment with a DocReady doctor anytime and anywhere!

 

Dr. Yasir Abunamous (“Dr. A”) is a Family Physician who specializes in patient-centered care leveraging the strengths and resources of each individual to optimize and maintain health, and endeavors to restore health during times of illness. He treats patients of all ages (including newborns and infants), with experience in pediatrics and women’s health in addition to general medicine. When not at work, Dr. A spends much of his free time with his beloved family, community members, and friends.