Telemedicine: The New Alternative to the Doctor’s Office
What if visiting the doctor was as easy as logging onto a streaming service? UnitedHealthCare announced they are doing just that. The major US Healthcare provider has partnered with three telemedical companies to provide video streaming consultations in lieu of a brick-and-mortar visit.
The three partnerships include:
- Doctor on Demand
- American Well
Previously, each video visit would cost between $40 – $50 a visit. The new policy pushed out by UnitedHealthCare will cover the cost of self-funded customers and reduce the fee to the typical copay on the plan.
wired.com quotes Peter Mueller, “There are a lot of pros to telemedicine,” he says.
“Convenience is one. Access is another. Then there’s the immediacy of it, too.” This is a huge step for the future of healthcare and increasing accessibility for patients around the country. Most notably, small rural cities and unsure customers will know that United’s backing gives legitimacy and pragmatic uses to the new app, which has seen over 1 million downloads in 18 months.
Patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from the new practice, however. Healthcare insurers and doctors will be able to significantly reduce their costs with telemedicine. The future is looking quite bright as technology continues to bridge problems in the healthcare industry.