From Uber to Postmates to Wag, many on-demand services compete to bring convenience to your fingertips. Why not health care? As it is now, sometimes you have to schedule an appointment, shuffle your work schedule, and then sit in a waiting room just to get a doctor to check your child’s runny nose or a questionable rash. There has to be an easier way.
According to the Annals of Family Medicine, 42% of patients skip their appointments
due to lack of childcare, busy work schedules, cost, and transportation, among other factors. On-demand healthcare and telehealth apps aim to remove these challenges between you and your doctor. Thanks to advanced technology, in some cases you can now even see your primary care provider
(PCP) through your phone, computer, and even right in your living room.
Whether you live in a remote area or are too busy to schedule an appointment, house calls and virtual visits can help you get the care you need, when you need it.*
- Teladoc offers you video medical consultations anytime, anywhere, via its secure video call app. After reviewing your medical records, your Teladoc physicians can diagnose cold and flu symptoms, allergies, rashes, skin problems, and other minor ailments. They can then write or renew a prescription, if necessary.
- HealTM is a California-based company offering on-demand doctor house calls within a two-hour window. Users without health insurance pay only $99 a visit. The Heal app gives you access when you need it, so you can skip the expensive ER visit and spend more time seeing your doctor. The on-call doctors cover preventive care, regular checkups, emergency care, and pediatrics during their house calls. The convenience can’t be beat.
As healthcare costs keep rising, you can avoid expensive medical bills by using apps like Teladoc and Heal. These telehealth options offer the necessary tools you and your family need in a way that fits your lifestyle.