September 3, 2019

Do online doctors work?

Yes, online doctors do work. Like anything else it has to be a good fit for you. Right now telemedicine best when it blends in with what you are already doing. There are things that are treated well with virtual healthcare while others really need a hands on approach. Minor injuries can frequently be handled at home with the assistance of telemedicine.
Virtual healthcare is being seen in many medical practices already. For instance you can already pre-register for your appointment online with many doctor offices.

Virtual healthcare is being seen in many medical practices already. For instance you can already pre-register for your appointment online with many doctor offices.

What kind of medical needs can be best addressed by a Virtual Primary Care physician?

  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Common colds
  • Coughing
  • Headaches

What kind of medical needs can be best addressed by a Virtual Behavioral Health Specialist?

  • Stress
  • Postpartum depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and Loss
  • General depression
  • Workplace problems

What Preventative health treatments can be administered remotely?

  • Lab tests
  • Preventative screenings
  • Manage many Chronic health concerns.
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • High Cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Weight management
  • Allergies (both seasonal and common)
  • Skin conditions
  • Men’s Health
  • Women’s Health

What medications can be prescribed by an online Virtual Primary Care physician?

First and foremost: No narcotic or controlled substances will be prescribed. This is because of the high potential for abuse. There are a plethora of drugs that are often better choices to treat pain that are much easier on the body.

  • Heart maintenance drugs
  • Drugs to treat Thyroid problems
  • Diabetic drugs
  • Medications for some skin conditions
  • Arthritis medications
  • Migraine medications
  • Anxiety medications
  • Medications for skin conditions
  • Asthma medications
  • EpiPens
  • And others

What are the monetary savings are possible?

  • The cost in gas alone is a major monetary saving.
  • Emergency room co-pays and after hours fees. There is no difference in price as there is always a Doctor on duty.
  • Discounted medications

What can not be treated by a Virtual Primary Care Doctor?

  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Chest pain and/or numbness.
  • Pain radiating from shoulders or back.
  • TBI (traumatic brain injury).
  • Severe burns.
  • Severe cuts.
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones
  • Pediatric ear infections

The reason these specific issues are not treated online is because these are all life-threatening issues best addressed by a trauma center. While pediatric ear infections may not be considered life-threatening, they escalate so quickly that you can go from no symptoms at bedtime (around 8 pm) to a burst eardrum in two hours resulting in permanent hearing loss.

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