Have you ever felt like crap and needed to go to the doctor but getting there just wasn’t going to happen? Or what about needing to go to the doctor but not having the time to drive there and then sit and wait? Wouldn’t it be nice if right from your own home you could have a doctors appointment and still get the information you need about getting better right from your couch?
Well you are in luck! I was recently introduced to American Well, a company that makes it possible for people to see a doctor with out even leaving their house.
They have many different types of doctors that you can talk to via video chat and you won’t even have to leave your house! They have a variety of different doctors that you are able to speak with, from family physicians, therapists, nutritionists, dentists, physical therapists and more.
Lauren has been telling me for a while now that my soda consumption is to high and that I would feel much better if I cut it out. I saw that they had a nutritionist and decided that while trying out this new way to talk to doctors I would do that one (kinda hoping that it would mean that I could tell Lauren that my soda consumption was perfectly fine).
I downloaded the American Well app, which was easy to do and then I created my account, it is free to make your account. After creating my account I then was able to search for a provider, if you are looking for a family physician you can search by the type of doctor or you can do a general search of providers who are in your area that you can speak with. You will see a list of providers who are in your area and if they are able to talk right then it will tell you that they are available. I selected the nutritionist who was available and then selected them, it will ask you to briefly describe what you are going to be talking to them about and then you accept the privacy agreement. Depending on how many people are in front of you depends on your wait time, but you will not be lost on how it all works because while you wait they share a video with you on how the appointment works. When your appointment time comes, your appointment is done via video chat where you can discuss what you are calling about just like you would with an in office doctor. After your appointment is over they will send you over a summary of your appointment and what the plan is.
My appointment went well, I asked her to help me develop a meal plan that would help with building muscle mass (you know so I can work out and impress Lauren 😉 ).
There is a copay which ranges from $25- $75, which is about the same as if you are going to see a doctor at a doctor’s office. There is a section to add your insurance information as well however you may find that you won’t need to enter your insurance information because the cost is pretty budget friendly.
Depending on the state you are in some of the doctors can even write you a prescription.
About American Well:
American Well is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with their choice of doctor for immediate, live online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Some general conditions our doctors encounter include: minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. We employ primary care and specialist physicians, as well as behavioral therapists and nutritionists, to meet all our patients’ needs. American Well doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy — and all from the comfort of your home.
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