December 17, 2021

The (virtual) doctor will see you now

Get the most out of your telehealth visit.

Chances are you’re one of the millions of people who have seen a doctor virtually. Over the past year, online visits are up over 150% and nearly 60% of physicians now offer the option. 

If you haven’t used it before, virtual care has a few notable advantages to consider. They’re convenient–no need to leave home or work. They’re generally more affordable. And they’re safe, keeping you out of lobbies and away from exposure to infectious diseases. In short, virtual care is a great option for a number of types of care, including

  • Primary care
  • Urgent care
  • Diabetes care and management
  • Prenatal care
  • Mental health care 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Genetic counseling
How to get the most out of your virtual visit
Check your insurance coverage.

No one likes surprises when it comes to out-of-pocket costs. You can avoid unexpected bills by making sure your insurer covers telehealth visits and asking about copays. 

Get your gadgets ready 

Whatever tech you’ll be using should be charged up and internet connected. Visit your virtual visit site beforehand and check for login requirements or other directions.  

Make lists

The fewer things you have to recall from memory, the more you can focus on what your doctor is saying. Make lists of your 

  • Medications
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Symptoms 
Prep like a pro
  • Keep medical devices you use, such as blood pressure or continuous glucose monitors handy
  • If you have visible symptoms, wear clothing that will easily allow you to show them to your doctor 
  • Have pen and paper ready to take notes, write down questions, etc.
  • Choose a quiet, well-lit location for your visit
Get your prescriptions sent to Gifthealth

It used to be that the convenience of a virtual doctor visit still meant a very inconvenient trip to the pharmacy if you received a prescription. Gifthealth solves that with free delivery anywhere in the country through our national network of partner pharmacies. Just tell your doctor you’d like to have your prescription sent to us, and we’ll take care of the rest. 

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