by Dr. Angelique Hart
For millions of Americans the “Affordable HealthCare” plans are not affordable, causing either non-use or delayed use of health benefits from high deductible and expensive insurance. First Alternative Care offers a membership that costs only $35/month, which gives the ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD unlimited access to the Nation’s largest Telemedicine Provider Network: MDLIVE (27 million members). This means all household members (including kids away at college) are included in this special discounted $35 monthly membership fee, and there are no added fees or co-pays.
Healthcare should be simple, fast and uncomplicated. MDLIVE makes it easy to visit a doctor in minutes through a mobile app, online and by phone. MDLIVE’s friendly doctors are revolutionizing remote access to quality healthcare. They are professionally trained to use virtual technology to treat many non-emergency conditions.
First Alternative Care members have unlimited access to doctors that are board-certified in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology and Pediatrics. Each household also gets 3 free consults/year with licensed mental health professionals providing counseling and behavioral health services. Additional counseling sessions are offered at a reduced fee of $99. Visits are convenient, private and secure. Prescriptions can be sent directly to your local pharmacy when medically necessary.
Excerpt below is from an article by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Health & Science Department: https://apnews.com/7baf70c5ce2c4f0eb928596aa1ac5e6b
“Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. Widespread smartphone use, looser regulations and employer enthusiasm are helping to expand access to telemedicine, where patients interact with doctors and nurses from afar, often through a secure video connection. Supporters say virtual visits make it easier for patients to see a therapist or quickly find help for ailments that aren’t emergencies.
“Julie Guerrero-Goetsch has opened her MDLive telemedicine app several times since first using it about a year ago to get help for a sinus infection. The Fallon, Nevada, resident was skeptical, but she didn’t have time to go in person. MDLive connected her to a doctor soon after she opened the app. She said he started asking questions about symptoms “just as if I was sitting in a doctor’s office” and was prescribed an antibiotic.
“Caitlin Powers tried telemedicine recently after hearing about it through a friend. The Columbia University graduate student was feeling stuffed up and worried she might be coming down with the flu. She said her appointment started on time, lasted 10 minutes, and she spoke by video with a doctor in Florida while never leaving her Brooklyn apartment. “As a student, I don’t really have time to spend three hours waiting to see a doctor, and this was so easy,” she said.
Doctors have used telemedicine for years to monitor patients or reach those in remote locations. Now more employers are encouraging people covered under their health plans to seek care virtually for several reasons. Telemedicine can reduce time spent away from the job and can cost half the price of a doctor’s visit, which might top $100 for someone with a high-deductible plan.
Ease of use is one of the reasons researchers and telemedicine providers think the practice will become more widespread in several areas of care, including dermatology and follow-up doctor visits after a surgery or medical procedure.
Mental health visits are another area ripe for virtual care because patients can feel more comfortable talking to a therapist in their own home, said Boyce of InSight Telepsychiatry, which delivers mental health care in about 30 states. Boyce said people also like the anonymity of a virtual visit.”