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There’s no good time for you or your family members to get sick, but there are certain times that are far worse than others. Right before or while on a trip are two particularly bad times to get sick, and that means those are the precise times when illnesses are more likely to occur…at least at my house! There are a million reasons why those are particularly bad times to be under the weather, but some of the reasons are very pragmatic.
It can be hard enough to find the time to get into your own doctor on an average day, but when you are pressed for time because you are scheduled to leave town, it can be especially challenging. If you are already out of town and don’t know any doctors nearby, it can be even more challenging to source routine medical treatment for you or your family members.
Reach a doctor 24/7 via Teladoc
However, I just used a service that makes the logistical challenges of needing to see a doctor so much better. For whatever reason, I woke up today with what seems to be pinkeye. Obviously not life-threatening, but quite annoying, and very contagious. #thankskids
Normally, this would require my crossing fingers and toes that a doctor could get me in, wasting a couple hours for the appointment and inevitable waits, and getting exposed to plenty of additional germs in the waiting room. However, I remembered some information about Teladoc that our insurance company had mailed several months ago, and this was the perfect time to try out the service.
After spending 10 – 15 minutes setting up my Teladoc account and providing basic medical history, Teladoc scheduled the next available board-certified doctor to call me. I was told they would call within the hour, but in reality, it took less than five minutes until I had a real doctor on the phone while I was still at home in my pajamas drinking coffee. This is like something out a magic alternate universe that I have wished for countless times.
The doctor and I chatted for about three minutes and then he sent a prescription of antibiotic eyedrops to my local pharmacy, told me to buy workout gloves for the gym, disinfect knobs and facets that I have touched at home, and that was that. They offer regular phone calls or even video consultations in case you need to see the doctor “face-to-face”.
Use Teladoc at home or while traveling the country
I was at home when I woke up with these nasty eyes, but it is easy to imagine how useful Teladoc would be on the road when there are additional barriers to getting into a real doctor’s office. You can use the service across the country with the caveat that any prescriptions that are written must be sent to a pharmacy in that state. Unfortunately, Teladoc does not work for international treatment.
This life-changing service was only $10 with our insurance, but it looks like it might be only $40 for a general medical appointment without insurance, which is still a bargain in my book.
Clearly, a phone consult is not appropriate for every type of ailment, but it may work for things like sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, cold and flu symptoms, allergies, pinkeye, and other everyday non-emergent illnesses. They do also treat children, though of course, only simple medical situations would be appropriate for treatment by telephone for the little ones.
In addition to being perfect for use while traveling, I love that Teladoc is available 365 days per year and 24 hours per day. This means you can get ahold of a doctor and start treatment right away if something pops up outside of office hours without having to resort to an urgent care center.
I feel like my life was just changed today – seriously. Humans created fire, the wheel, sliced bread, airplanes, and phone/video conferencing from home with a doctor. What will they think of next?!
Have you used Teladoc or similar to get treatment from your home or while on the road?
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