Written on December 21, 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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If you have heard the word telemedicine being thrown around, you might be wondering what exactly it is. Telemedicine is a part of telehealth, which is a broader term [1,2]. Many times, these two terms are used interchangeably.
Telemedicine is not as mysterious as it sounds. Telemedicine lets your healthcare provider care for you remotely without being physically in the same office [1-4]. The concept of telemedicine is not new and has been around for years. Advances in telecommunication technology have made telemedicine accessible to everyone with internet access and a computer or a smartphone. The use of broadband internet has significantly improved the quality of virtual audio and video calls.
Many insurance providers, including Medicaid and some private insurers, help cover the costs of telemedicine appointments . Different states may allow for differences in coverage types, and you will have to check with your insurance provider.
However, if you have no insurance and are seeking medical care, it can be highly complicated and expensive [3,4]. But with the expansion of telemedicine and telehealth, you can still get great affordable health care with no insurance.
Similar to traditional in-person office visits, the cost of care may vary . With a simple Google search, you can find various telemedicine services that will fit your budget . There are multiple services for telemedicine that you may use without insurance. Telehealth or telemedicine appointments offer a competitive and reasonable out-of-pocket option for remote virtual care if you have no insurance.
After signing up and registering, you can see a healthcare provider when it is most convenient for you. Healthcare providers can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications when necessary.
Various factors can affect the cost of your telemedicine appointment. These include [3,4]:
Telemedicine cannot replace in-person clinic visits but can complement patient care to provide non-emergency medical consultations. Some benefits can include [1,3,4]:
Although telemedicine may not provide you with the same experience as an in-person office visit, telemedicine can remove a lot of the barriers to consulting with your healthcare provider.
Everlywell can help you with access to telemedicine through a Virtual Care Visit, with or without insurance. Schedule your appointment and determine your coverage eligibility by visiting Everlywell's option for online telehealth. Telehealth via Everlywell lets you speak with a qualified healthcare provider based on your availability from the comfort of your home through a remote video call.