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Re: Medical appointment via phones

@Witchy Woman 


@Witchy Woman wrote:

I recently scheduled my first "telemed" appointment in July with a new endocrinolgist.  

 

Her office said they would send me a link, and we would do it over my "smart" phone.

 

Has anyone done a telemed appointment?  Just wondering what to expect.  

 

Of course, I'm planning on figuring it all out before the actual appointment, but was curious about experiences others might have had.

 

Thanks!


I had video appt. On computer with my Dr.  Had a cat sound and she needed to see if and then sent me to Office to treat.  It wasn,t hard to get online with her.  I had to go on 15 min. Before appt. To set up.

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@songbird

Try to schedule your lab work early in the morning. 

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@SharkE wrote:

I don't want a smart phone. Too expensive. I'm afraid they will have to wait till I can walk in to the office.

 

I don't want to learn yet another techie device. Just paid 1,000 for a Apple Macbook air in Sept of '19 it's in the shop right now. More you got the more you have to pay out on, keep current, hassles, etc.


@SharkE

What new technology? You have it already. You can use a smartphone, laptop or desktop computer to talk to your doctor. The device needs a camera and a microphone. Some doctors offices insist on patients using smartphones.

 

 

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@Witchy Woman I just did one with my Primary Care Provider.  I did it on my iMac that has a 27" screen.  I wear hearing aids and do some lip reading, so that's an added piece of the story.  I was not impressed with the session.  There was a slight delay between what I saw her saying and what I heard her saying.  It was confusing.

 

On the other hand, I work as a "Standardized Patient" for a Physician's Assistant program.  We started doing on-line training interviews as part of their training.  The results for me on these sessions has been far better.  I students speak slowly because I ask them to do so, and I'm able to do the interview Ok.

 

Telemedicine has been a mixed bag for me.

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@Nuttmeg wrote:

@songbird

Try to schedule your lab work early in the morning. 


Yes. People are usually sick when in the lab.  That's the only risky part, giving samples in the lab.  My doctor's office is joined to one.  But there were people moving in and out.  I was there about 10:00AM in the morning.  

 

other then that, I liked the telemedicine part on the smartphone.  

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There are also several TeleMedicine companies.  You can get prescription without "seeing" the Doctor.  All you need is health insurance and it's free.  One off the top of my head is called PlushCare.  The set up is the same, using either your smartphone or your computer with video camera & mike.  In fact, my doctor is one of the doctors on PlushCare.  Many of your local doctors are on them.  As a result, many people see doctors out of state, in addition to the ones you see in your own state.  Telemedicine companies are nationwide.  All accept health insurance, except there are some that won't accept Medicare.  

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@Witchy Woman 

The only stats you may be asked will be a from the precall nurse or the Doctor about your weight and blood pressure.

I have a smart phone but my call was not a video call. Don't think a video really makes a difference or is necessary.  My sister's call was with a specialist and also was not a video call.

They conversation was the usually blah, blah, blah. Just think about what you want to ask or say.

 

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I did it in May.  I was not sick.  It was a follow up to get results of my thyroid blood work to see if change in dosage of medication was correct.  It took about 5 minutes tops and I loved it.  If I was sick and needed examining I would not say it was the best way.   It could have been done with a phone call but they would not be paid so I guess this was a way for me to stay home and them to get their money for an office visit.

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@LIG1 wrote:

@songbird wrote:

There are also several TeleMedicine companies.  You can get prescription without "seeing" the Doctor.  All you need is health insurance and it's free.  One off the top of my head is called PlushCare.  The set up is the same, using either your smartphone or your computer with video camera & mike.  In fact, my doctor is one of the doctors on PlushCare.  Many of your local doctors are on them.  As a result, many people see doctors out of state, in addition to the ones you see in your own state.  Telemedicine companies are nationwide.  All accept health insurance, except there are some that won't accept Medicare.  


 

@songbird, thank you for this valuable info on prescriptions and PlushCare. I had no idea this was even possible.


This has been going on for a while. Even before the pandemic.  People apparently want a prescription without going to see a doctor.  They will fill prescriptions for Penicillin, medicine for very ordinary common conditions.  Obviously, they don't prescribe narcotics or any risky medicine.  all you need is access to a lab and health insurance.  I know about Plushcare, because my sister used it once.  She had no problem.

 

Edit: This was in the news the other day.  These companies have to accept Medicare now.  Or at least from May 2020