Let me know if this situation sounds familiar. You left a message for your doctor. You are waiting for a call back from the nurse to see what to do next. You’re already annoyed with the process. But there is a better way. You could have skipped 3 steps and talked directly to a Doctor over the phone for free if you had Teladoc.
What Is Teledoc?
Teladoc is the largest provider of telehealth medical consults in the United States. Therefore giving you 24/7/365 access to quality medical care through phone and video consultations.
Do I have Teladoc?
Most of you have it but you just don’t know it. Follow the steps below to confirm if you have access to Teledoc. Set it up now before someone gets sick and you need to call in a hurry. It doesn’t take long and you’ll be glad you did when you need to speak to a doctor ASAP.
- Call the main number on the back of your insurance card. Ask this question, “Do I have access to Teladoc?” While you’re at it ask if you have access to Telatherapy as well. Read this article to learn more.
- Download the Teladoc app. Write the direct number to Teladoc (1-800-TELADOC) on your insurance card so you have it when you need it.
- This is optional – Set up each member of your family. You can do this over the phone or online. I recommend this because each member of your family gets 1 free call a day. If you have trouble setting this up… sign up for my mailing list and shoot me an email.
How does Teledoc save me Money?
Think of all the times you went to the doctor for yourself or your kids and left saying, “What a waste of time!” You shelled out a co-payment of $25 or $50 for no reason at all. You pulled your kid out of school, wasted gas, money, and your precious time sitting in the doctors office waiting to be seen.
If you called Teladoc first you could have had a doctor on the phone in 10 minutes. Saving yourself half a day wasted and $25 down the drain. Teledoc also comes in handy when you are so sick that you literally can’t get out of bed. Not to mention using Teledoc keeps you out of a crowded doctor’s office where you could potentially catch something else (I’m looking at you COVID-19…). Keep your money and keep yourself away from germs by using Teladoc.
There are even more benefits to Teledoc. In some cases, doctors can write prescriptions for you based on the symptoms you describe during your phone conversation. This would mostly be for antibiotics, ointments, etc. Also if you get blood work done, you can save yourself a second trip by reviewing the results with a doctor over the phone using Teledoc. And remember this is no copay for using Teledoc.
Teledoc is Cost Efficient and High Quality
Teladoc and Telatherapy are both cost efficient and high quality. These are board certified medical doctors in your state calling you in 30 minutes or less. Your insurance company actually wants you to use this service because it saves them money. And if it saves them money, it saves you money. It’s a trickle down effect. The insurance companies want to use high quality doctors so you keep going back and using Teladoc. It keeps their costs lower and in return it saves you time, energy and money.
You can use Teladoc from anywhere: work, home, business trip or on vacation. It’s great for people living in rural areas where the closest doctor is an hour away. It’s also great during “off hours” like in the middle of the night when the doctor’s office is closed. Give Teladoc a call. Get back to sleep knowing that you just addressed your immediate concern with a qualified doctor.
When do I have to see a doctor in person?
Teladoc can’t replace all the benefits of in-person clinical care, but it’s usually a good place to start. Sometimes when I get on the phone with Teladoc, they recommend that I go to my family doctor. Sometimes it’s just something that needs to be seen in person. I almost always call Teladoc before I set foot in the doctors office. It’s so convenient (and free). I would much rather try to resolve most health issues over the phone before I make another in-person doctor’s appointment.
Have you ever tried Teledoc? If so how did you like it?