Telehealth has been around for over a decade, but it surged in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people thought that it would wane again once the pandemic was over, but both patients and doctors can still really benefit from this alternative. Unfortunately, some people who may benefit from this type of service may not utilize it because they believe one of the many myths that are out there related to this topic. Here are three common myths related to telehealth and the truth surrounding each of these myths.
Myth 1: Your Information Isn’t Secure
It’s not uncommon for people, particularly those who aren’t very familiar with technology, to have concerns about the security of their personal information when they have a telehealth appointment. Doctors are required to be HIPAA compliant, and this extends to telehealth. All of your personal information, including your medical information, is secure.
Myth 2: Your Doctor Can’t Thoroughly Treat You Over the Phone or a Computer
Another common myth pertaining to telehealth is that a doctor can’t thoroughly treat you over the phone or computer. There is a small bit of truth to this. Not every condition can be evaluated or treated using this type of service. However, many common conditions, including ear infections, rashes, and coughs can be treated through telehealth. According to the American Medical Association, 85% of physicians say that telehealth improves the timeliness of their services. This makes it easier for those who need to be seen in the office to be seen in a timely fashion.
Myth 3: Telehealth Appointments Are Expensive
Most insurance companies cover telehealth appointments. As such, your appointment shouldn’t cost you any more than a regular doctor’s appointment would cost. This means that telehealth is for everyone, not just those who can afford to be seen. Reach out to your insurance company to verify if these types of services are covered by your insurance company.
Telehealth is popular because it offers many benefits. When you’re not feeling great, you may not want to get in a car, drive across town, search for a parking spot, and then sit in a waiting room or doctor’s office to be treated. Telehealth allows you to stay at home, while still getting the medical attention you need through a phone, tablet, or computer. If you’re in need of telehealth services, we can help you. Call MedGem now to schedule an appointment.