Telehealth or Telemedicine has been an excellent option for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many healthcare providers already had virtual doctors visit in their network; they just weren’t used as prevalently. Once people were asked to shelter in place to help lessen Coronavirus spread, virtual visits were often the only choice for consulting with a doctor. There are, of course, limitations to virtual visits, while many conditions or types of appointments still require an in-office visit.
Tips for a Successful Virtual Doctor’s Appointment
First and foremost, make sure you have the right equipment and that it is in working order for a virtual visit. If your appointment is video and/or audio, you can use a smartphone, tablet, or computer to connect. Your healthcare provider should offer complete instruction as far as any software or apps that may be required and how to download them. They should also confirm who should dial in, you or the doctor, and give you details on what to expect. Be sure to double-check that your internet WiFi or data signal is working properly before your appointment time.
Find a spot away from the noise of your home that is comfortable and well-lit. The fewer distractions the better. If background noise is a problem, using headphones or earbuds can help cancel out other sounds. And be patient. Technical difficulties can always arise, and for many of us, including doctors and nurses, this process is new. Establish early in the conversation how you will get back on the call/video if disconnected, and then you can focus on the task at hand.
Being an Empowered Patient
Communication is vital when visiting your doctor, and we often forget all our symptoms or questions. Writing down everything you are experiencing and listing questions you have prior to your visit can help you talk about what is important. Doctors are busy but don’t feel guilty for taking up their time. If you aren’t clear about something, ask for clarification. Inquire about additional information you can research further after your call. Be sure to ask, “what are the next steps.” If necessary, ask a loved one or friend to join your virtual doctor’s visit if you have trouble expressing your concerns, asking the right questions, or keeping track of what the doctor says. You are an expert on your body. When you are prepared, you feel empowered, and your doctor will appreciate that.
Understand your Insurance
In addition to getting the most out of your doctor’s visits, you want to be sure you understand your insurance coverage. Partnering with AIS, Inc. is the perfect solution. As local agents, they will sit down with you to help you get the coverage you need at a price you can afford. After your insurance is in place, AIS, Inc. is there all year long to answer your questions and assist you with your insurance needs. They are always just a phone call away. Insurance doesn’t have to be confusing, and it isn’t with AIS, Inc. on your side. Call (913) 397-9400 or contact AIS online to get started today.