News Would you "visit" a virtual medical professional?

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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    I know I'd kill to be able to do that. Dr visits are a waste of at least half a day. Unless you're showing them some tiny mole or something, why not? Insurance requirements have fucked up medicine. They're so afraid of fraud they make thousands of customers kill millions of productive hours schlepping to/from appointments.

    Anthem Tells Customers to Visit Virtual Doctors, Therapists, and Psychologists

    Growing number of insurers push virtual visits to doctor
    3:09 PM, FEB 03, 2016 | By JIM SWIFT




    Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield announced today an expansion in its coverage of virtual visits:

    Online visits using LiveHealth Online just got better. Now you can visit with doctors, therapists, and psychologists on your smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam*. It's quick, easy to use and super convenient since you can get the care you need from the comfort of your own home!

    Sign up today so you can:

    * See board-certified doctors 24/7. No appointments or long wait times. It's a great option for care when your own doctor isn't available. Doctors can assess your condition and even send prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice if needed1.

    * Talk to a licensed therapist or psychologist at home. If you're feeling stressed, worried or having a tough time, we're here to help. In most cases you can make an appointment and see a therapist or psychologist in 4 days or less2.





    Anthem started the practice in 2013 for a handful of its customers, but has expanded the program greatly in recent months.

    A 2015 article in Modern Healthcare highlights the pros and cons of the new technology:

    Advocates of the virtual-visit model argue that expanding access to telehealth services would reduce costs by heading off more expensive urgent care and emergency department care, and that consumers increasingly will substitute virtual visits for in-person visits so that the total amount of services will not rise. But critics question that assumption, cautioning that consumers may use telehealth in addition to traditional in-person visits, thus boosting total spending. They also worry about the quality of video and phone visits compared with in-person visits, and whether virtual care will be coordinated with patients' regular care.

    Virtual coverage is expected to be available for 40 million Americans this year.

    Will insurers, squeezed by Obamacare save money with the new technology? Or will America's hypochondriacs cost them an arm and a leg?
     
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  2. regult

    regult 4 Goals...

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    For most cases, this would be a blessing. When my in-laws are on-call, they never go into the hospital; they just consult via phone.
     
  3. SouthernListen

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    They can probably bill for that and have it be accepted. I doubt most insurers would allow a doctor to see routine non hospitialized patients that way. But they should, as it could reduce their costs in the long run. We might need a little tort reform first, however, as much of medical practice today is defensive. Both sides on that issue have irrational expectations so it won't happen.
     
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  4. Mr. Meatkabob

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    Depends. Can they do virtual prostate exams?
     
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    JesusTwinsBiggestFan Well-Known Member

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    My medical marijuana card was done thru skype .nurse took my vitals , thought I was walking into a doc office and there was a doc on a computer monitor. Kind of felt weird
     
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  6. regult

    regult 4 Goals...

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    Just need to hook up your at-home kit first:

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    OneBallBelz Well-Known Member

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    This is where medicine is heading in ten years. There will be no PCP on site, your symptoms and vitals will be fed to a Watson-like program and a virtual doc will verify via Skype.
     
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    Harrible.
     
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    bdbx18 Well-Known Member

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    Hell yeah. I've got to check into it. My typical visit is 1 hr to get there, parking, 30-90 mins of wait time and 5 mins of actual face-to-face time with the doc. Plus the drive home.
     
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    If it means that I only have to say what's wrong w/me once, I'm all for it!!!

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