Some people are never going to try an online doctor because it reminds them too much of all those spam email messages they get from online pharmacists for Viagra, Xanax, and the like. And that’s just one of the reasons online doctors face an uphill battle.
The medical profession, in part, did it to themselves. Medicine is one of the oldest professions in the world. And old professions took their sweet time discovering the brave new world of the internet. When the internet came knocking, doctors pushed back. They are only now getting our records digitized. And many still can’t make a doctor’s appointment online.
Doctors who are stuck in the past have made it difficult for doctors who are blazing the trail for the future. But that trail is being blazed and time marches on. The online medical practice is legit, useful, and here to stay.
“With an online doctor’s visit, you can
see a doctor when you are on vacation,
have a sensitive matter to deal with,
and when your doctor can’t
make time for you.”
You already have needs that can be better met by an online doctor than the one you see at your local professional building. Here are three:
When You Are on Vacation
No one expects to need a doctor when they are on vacation. It is a strange form of denial, as some of us get sick every time we leave town. Maybe it’s from being stuck on a bus or plane for several hours with other people who are sick. Maybe it was from eating that raw thing at that sketchy restaurant. Maybe it is from that convention we attended. CES attendees get sick so often, they have a name for it: CES Flu.
Whatever has you praying to the porcelain god in the hotel bathroom can likely be treated by an online doctor through the smartphone you laid on the nightstand. All too often, it is something like a urinary tract infection: You know, the one that burns when you pee. And no. Cranberry juice is not going to cut it.
Believe it or not, the doc in the box you carry around in your purse is one of the first places you should go for UTI treatment. It’s fast, convenient, and it can be done anywhere. It can even incorporate nearby labs. Prescriptions can be sent to the pharmacist of your choice. An online doctor is a great choice for when you are nowhere near yours.
When You Would Rather Not See Your Family Doctor
When people wanted an extra measure of discretion in the old days about some medical matter of the highly personal kind, they would go to a doctor or clinic in a different town. The last thing you want is to be seen going into certain types of clinics by your nosy, chatty neighbors.
Diseases like genital herpes, syphilis, and chlamydia are quite common. The diagnosis and treatments for STDs are relatively simple as well. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, especially if you have an online doctor discreetly diagnose it and prescribe the right meds before you get home.
When Your Doctor Is Too Busy to See You
Back pain bothering you again? It’s not that you wouldn’t make an appointment with your doctor. It’s just that you can’t. Thanks to the Running of the Bulls last weekend, all the family doctors are working overtime.
The good news is that you can see an online doctor for almost anything you would see an urgent care doctor. A doctor’s appointment doesn’t always have to be about something life-threatening. Most of the time, what you need is some professional advice. Pain is hard to sort out. Sometimes it means nothing. Other times it is the harbinger of dreadful news. We need a doctor to help us sort it out.
If you have insurance, an online doctor is just a co-pay away. But they are perfect for people who don’t have insurance. There are a lot of self-employed people and service workers who don’t have any kind of insurance. Online doctors are great alternatives for them.
We all need to see a doctor sometimes. With an online doctor’s visit, you can see a doctor when you are on vacation, have a sensitive matter to deal with, and when your doctor can’t make time for you.
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