You’ve heard a lot about telemedicine and how it’s possible to seek help from a doctor without actually going to the office. In fact, this type of doctor visit is becoming more popular around the globe. Visits conducted using a smartphone or home computer have steadily increased in Ontario alone at a rate of 30% per year for the last several years. You may be ready to give this approach a try, but are there any real benefits? Here are some examples to keep in mind.
You Eliminate the Need to Travel
You feel terrible and the idea of having to leave your sick bed, get dressed, and drive to a local doctor’s office does not exactly fill you with glee. Being sick is not conducive to being out and about. The idea of being stuck in traffic, seeing a doctor, and then having to drive back home seems almost impossible in your present circumstances.
With a virtual appointment, there is no need to go anywhere. You use the app on your phone to access the network, follow the instructions, and then settle into your bed pillows as you wait your turn.
You Don’t Sit in a Room Full of Sick People
Even if you are capable of mustering the energy needed to get to the doctor’s office, there is the matter of dealing with the waiting room. You share the space with other people who may have the same problem you do or something worse. On days when your luck is running especially low, there will be one chair left and it will be between two people who look as if they are in far worse shape than you.
All those people who got there ahead of you must be seen first. Depending on how quickly the staff is able to take patients back to the exam rooms, you may spend quite a bit of time trying to remain upright in that chair.
If you go with a virtual visit with a there is no need to navigate the waiting room. Your wait takes place in a comfortable chair or your bed. It’s easier to pass the time as you wait your turn. In the interim, you don’t have to be concerned about the fact that the person sitting next to you in a real waiting room just coughed up something you would rather not see.
One on One Time With Your Doctor
Since it’s just you and your doctor, there’s a sense of having more personalized attention. For the duration of the visit, the physician’s attention is focused directly on you. That perception is enhanced by the fact that the video portion of the visit allows the doctor to show you charts, graphs, and other data relevant to your condition. By the time the diagnosis is given and plans are made to call in the prescription to the pharmacy of your choice, you will feel as if the doctor has put you on the road to recovery.
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