Years ago, would you have imagined an online emergency room that could treat your symptoms effectively and save you money? It’s happening right now. Savvy medical professionals have now established virtual emergency rooms for consumers that are easy, quick, and effective.
Licensed emergency room physicians are available online 24 hours a day to consider your symptoms and provide medical advice, including prescriptions. And you’ll save time: this advice comes with an estimated 10-minute wait time, all from the comfort of your home computer.
According to statistics, 40% of ER visits occur on weekdays during normal working hours, so your virtual visit could save you hours in a crowded waiting room.
According to The Atlantic, the average cost of a U.S. ER visit in 2015 is $2,168. And even if you have health insurance, your deductible for an ER visit can range from $50 to $150 out of pocket, with additional copays. The virtual ER model usually charges much less-about the amount of an office visit copay.
What symptoms point to a virtual visit? If you break a bone, you should head to the ER. Your regular doctor should treat a chronic illness flare-up. But if you have the following symptoms, a virtual visit may be a good option:
• Flu-like symptoms
• Respiratory infection symptoms
• Sore throat
After your visit, the virtual ER site will notify your primary care provider and you can make a personal visit if needed.
As consumers increasingly try to manage health care expenses, experts predict virtual visits will grow over the next few years. If you want to save money on your next medical event and think a virtual visit will work, contact your insurance agent to see if this technology is offered on your policy. If not, he or she will work with you on your options.