Written on December 19, 2022 by Sendra Yang, PharmD, MBA. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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Telehealth, sometimes referred to as telemedicine, is a broader term that includes telemedicine [1-4]. Telehealth uses communication technologies to connect providers to patients to provide health care without in-person office visits [1-3]. Telehealth is primarily completed in a “virtual” format, such as online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or through telephone calls and text messaging [1-4].
In some cases, an in-person office visit may be necessary. However, telehealth has many benefits in circumstances where a virtual visit is right for your healthcare needs [1-4]. Telehealth is convenient and more accessible than seeing a provider in person. Virtual visits allow you to receive care wherever you are, whether at home, work, or on vacation. You may even see a health provider after regular office hours. Telehealth can help reduce or even eliminate the need for travel, time off work, and child care. Telehealth can also increase your access to specialist providers located further away from where you live.
Several studies found that telehealth may offer some patients a more affordable option for medical care [4-7]. A virtual telehealth appointment typically costs around $40 to $50, while in-person care can cost as much as $176 per visit . Telephone follow-up visits can offer a more efficient option than office-based visits that is acceptable and affordable to patients . Telehealth provides a lower cost for virtual care without an increase in overall follow-up rates or antibiotic use when compared with urgent or primary care . Telemedicine may improve access for patients with transportation, parking, or cost barriers to in-office clinic visits .
Your specific cost will depend on various factors, such as your insurance, how much the provider charges, the type of facility, and what tests or services you are getting . Many insurance providers may have telehealth coverage, though states’ policies may differ .
Here are some ways you can keep your telehealth costs low [1,3]:
You can use telehealth to connect with your provider and address many conditions [1-3]. You can get diverse specialized care for the management of ongoing health issues for chronic health conditions. However, telehealth is not for everyone or all medical conditions. It is essential that you speak with a healthcare provider to see whether telehealth is the right option for you.
Conditions and care that you can receive with telehealth may include [1,2]:
Here are some tips that can help make your telehealth visit more enjoyable :
Telehealth has grown significantly in the past few years to allow people to receive the health care they need to live healthy, happy lives.
Everlywell can help you with access to telehealth through a Virtual Care Visit, whether you have insurance or not. Schedule your appointment and determine your coverage eligibility by visiting Everlywell. Telehealth via Everlywell lets you speak with a qualified healthcare provider based on your availability from the comfort of your home through a video call.
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