In-Home Doctor Visits
Do you ever find yourself Googling a symptom and then spending hours online looking for information on it? Like me, you can save a lot of time by continuing to read about my experiences.
When I first found out that you can receive visits from your doctor directly to your house, I was wasting hours driving to and from, as well as waiting for, my regular scheduled check-ups. I would even waste hours online doing symptom checkers and reading forums trying to care for myself from home to avoid having to go to the doctor in the first place.
I was constantly coming down with colds and coughs. I would spend hours researching my symptoms to uncover what kind of sickness I might have. I would look for cures and remedies, I would talk with others through online forums, and I would read medical sites with information. All this just to save time and prevent the inconvenience of going to do the Doctor’s Office.
One night I was up until after 2 A.M. with a severe cough and browsing the internet for information on my condition to find out how to finally get some sleep. It sunk in on me that I would have saved more time and could already be peacefully sleeping if I had just gone to the doctor in the first place. That’s when I discovered information about In-Home Doctor Visits.
Did you know that you can schedule an appointment in your own home with a Nurse, Physician, or Specialist? Whether it’s for a routine check-up for preventative care or a specialized visit when we get sick, home appointments are available.
Some doctors also offer them 24 hours and even on holidays. There are many services available, so it really depends on the one that works best for you. Often times you can even receive help over the phone or through a video appointment. The best part? Almost all Tele-medicine visits accept Medicare and most major insurance policies.
How it Works
While each company may work a little differently depending on what services they offer, they mostly follow a general guideline. First you either visit their website, log-in to their app, or call their office to speak to somebody about the program. After providing your identity and insurance (or other way to pay) you may begin scheduling appointments using any of the before-mentioned methods. Today’s medical technology allows many companies to offer state of the art technology such as ultrasounds directly in a patient’s own home. This means you are not limited to checkups with your General Practitioner.
Who is it For?
In-Home appointments are for all kinds of people from all walks of life. Some places specialize in the care of dementia, some places specialize in working with elderly patients, obesity, diabetic, etc. Whatever your issue is, there is an In-Home appointment care-giver for you. Even if you have no special needs and are just a modern person who looks for care at home or online, you should have little problem finding a company to accommodate you.
Most of the standard services you can get at any doctor’s office are available through In-Home Appointments. This includes:
Available in most places in the U.S. Check any of our links shared further below or try Google for your own list of available locations.
Benefits and Downside
While there are certainly more options to help us take care of our health needs, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution and overtime these doctor house call websites will improve to match the needs of it’s clients. Overall we are seeing more pros than cons when it comes to accessibility and scheduling for certain people and these services might still be more of a niche than a mainstream need at this point but it’s nice to see progress being made.
Doctors on Demand
The following are just some of the providers available online. Check the site to make sure they are available in your region.
We found Heal to be one of the most popular options available. Another major perk is you get to know the entire price of your visit upfront. Pediatrics, urgent care, primary care, and preventative care available. Open 7 days a week, including holidays.
Recent review about Heal
Just used the Heal app for the first time for My 3 year old’s bad cold. (On Day 5 of no sleep). Highly highly recommend. Literal house calls from Doctors!! Takes your insurance info via screen shots. Same prices at least from what I can see. Ours was a very sweet and smart UCLA med school grad. Even provided me with tips on my little one’s behavior when I sought her advice. And the tech part of the experience was the best. So easy to use the app to schedule and pay. Even for a tech dummy like me.
At this website they provide live online video visits. You will create an account, provide your insurance (or not), select a doctor, and have a live visit with a real doctor of your choice. There are no monthly fees and it is $59 or less per visit.
Register, Search through their network of board certified doctors, and start your visit. You can either see a doctor right away or schedule an appointment at a time that works best with you.
Recent review about MDLive
“I needed a refill of Blood Pressure medications and working 10AM to 6PM does not help. I was able to connect with a doctor and get a refill from my apartment.”
Available by phone, video, or app 24/7. Doctors are located in all 50 states. When you call you will talk to a local doctor.
Recent review about Teladoc
“I’m a first-time user of Teladoc and am VERY impressed. I signed up in less than 5 minutes, then scheduled a visit. I was diagnosed and had a prescription sent within minutes! I had the visit in the privacy of my office. No downtime or PTO used.”
Face to Face doctor visits from the comfort of your phone or computer. Visits are $69 each and average a length of 10 minutes. Appointments are available 24/7 365 days a year.
Recent review about Amwell
“I got on here today for Ear pain. I was prescribed Amoxicillin. And I was able to pickup within minutes of it being called in… The wait was super short and awesome staff. App is extremely useful when you have no transportation, However I give 4 stars as of now because I’m unsure if this medicine helped, just received today! ”
DOCTORS ON DEMAND AU:
An online doctor’s visit available for people in Australia. Available 24/7 via video call. Make an appointment for later or talk to a doctor now. Great for prescription refills.
Recent review about Doctors on Demand AU
“My husband had a stroke in December of 2007. I signed up with. It was wonderful. The doctor was so good. After her first visit, I decided to ask if I could be a patient. My husband needed me at home all the time. I couldn’t take time out to go to doctor’s offices. I would highly recommend this service to anyone. I don’t know what we would have done without it”
Using In-Home Doctor Visits has allowed me to save a lot of time and has given me a lot of peace of mind. I never have to worry about the inconvenience of going to a doctors office and usually only during the times they have available.
Combined with In-Home Doctor Visits my physician also recommended I start taking Virmunity daily. It contains Zinc, Vitamin C and E, NAC, and more! By taking this daily I can help fight off my cold or cough before it even starts. Then I save even more time and money. There is absolutely nothing more important than taking preventive measures because then you do not even have to deal with the problem to begin with.
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