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

*If you are in a life-threatening condition, please call 911 or visit your nearest hospital immediately.*

In this day and age where telemedicine is on the rise and stay at home orders are in place, you may be wondering, should I visit an ER or just visit a virtual doctor? In all honesty, this is a case-by-case scenario. However, in today’s blog, we’ll discuss certain situations in which calling telemedicine would be the best move, saving you time and money. We know that staying at an ER for even just a few hours adds up. This is why we want to make sure that everyone knows about our virtual doctors and our telemedicine services. Keep reading to learn more!

Symptoms That Require an ER Visit

First off, we’d like to introduce the blog with a list of common symptoms or conditions that usually require a trip to the ER. The last thing we would want is for someone in a critical condition to read the entirety of this blog just to get the answer they are looking for.

  • Life-threatening injury or condition
  • Open wounds, burns, or broken bones
  • Care that requires equipment use
  • Thoughts of suicide

With that being said, virtual doctors are capable of diagnosing and treating just about any medical condition via telemedicine. While they may be able to diagnose more serious conditions, some treatments require that the patient be in-person. If you are able and you do not fit into one of the scenarios listed above, schedule an appointment with a virtual doctor instead of heading to the ER. At DocReady, we offer Urgent Care appointments for as low as $39, no insurance needed. Our rates even beat most co-pays for urgent care facility visits within-network, and they definitely beat the prices of staying in an ER.


 Symptoms Best Left to the Virtual Doctors

The virtual, board-certified doctors at DocReady can diagnose and treat medical conditions for primary care, urgent care, men’s health, women’s health, and even mental health. Additionally, our doctors are able to provide you with prescription medication and can even submit orders for COVID-19 tests. Here is a short list of some of the symptoms/conditions that are best left to the virtual doctors, making your healthcare more convenient and affordable.

  • Coughing, sneezing, sinus pressure, sore throat
  • Fever, chills, headache
  • UTI (females, 18+)
  • ED, hair loss
  • General anxiety, general depression
  • Allergies
  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Pink eye
  • Minor injury
  • High cholesterol, diabetes
  • And so much more

New Texting Subscription Plans

The quickest way to get in touch with a board-certified doctor is with telemedicine. Even better is texting with the doctor! At DocReady, we offer a texting subscription plan, paid on a month-to-month basis. For just $20, you get unlimited access to text with a doctor to discuss any concerns about your health. Plus, if you are asking yourself if you should visit an ER or call telemedicine, it’s very quick to text your virtual doctor and ask. They will ask about your symptoms and conditions and provide a rapid response of whether or not you should take a trip to the ER. The DocReady texting subscription plan is like having a doctor in your back pocket!

Visit With a Virtual DocReady Doctor!

 As long as you are not in a life-threatening condition, get in touch with one of the board-certified doctors at DocReady to discuss your symptoms and potential treatment. Our telemedicine services are extremely affordable and require zero insurance. Having access to a doctor whenever you need one is easier with DocReady’s subscription plans. Learn more about these plans and how they can save you even more money on our telemedicine services. Ready to receive honest, one-on-one, and professional care from a real doctor from the comfort of your own home? Book an appointment with DocReady today!


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.