Whether you have used an online tool to get your prescriptions delivered to your door, chatted with your doctor online or by video chat, or simply thought about how great it would be if you didn’t have to go into the doctors office every time your child had a cold or scrape, keep reading.
Many people are already loving the benefits that online or telemedicine offers them. Even Amazon is in talks to get into the online medication sphere.
Some question whether this is a good idea, and when readying an article by Bud Shaw, a transplant surgeon, some key questions got answered for me like ‘how do I know I am getting the best medical care online?’ Shaw says “The ATA has published guidelines for best practices and established accreditation standards. Insurers—which already include Medicare and Medicaid—will only cover online services they have carefully evaluated.” (Shaw,2016.)
He also draws the conclusion that not all things can be treated online via video chat, so those calls are stopped and the patient is advised to go see their doctor in person. Shaw explains it like this “But then a guy pops up on my screen with a bad headache, a fever, he's restless, maybe acting a little weird," she said. "Is it the flu? Meningitis? An early stroke? If my sixth sense doesn't work long distance, I pull the plug on the video and ask the guy to come in." (Shaw, 2016). Online doctors will not prescribe narcotics and do not guarantee that you will get a prescription or that they can help your specific issue, but for some illnesses like like sore throats, cold and flu, cuts and bruises, rashes and gender specific issues like ED, male pattern baldness or birth control it is a very useful tool.
Here are some benefits of online medication and video chats you might not have thought of:
Check out some apps that people are using:
Shaw, Bud. 2016. Is Video Chatting Your Doctor Really the Future of Health Care? Popular Mechanics.
Wise, Elizabeth. 2017. Could Your Next Prescription Come From Amazon? USA Today.
Total Care Health. Totalcarehealth.com. 2018.
Baldness Doctor. Baldness.doctor. 2018.