COVID-19 has affected how we do so many things. Getting health care is no different.
With the renewed emphasis on safety, telehealth (also known as telemedicine) has exploded in popularity. Technology has allowed us to get routine care without ever leaving your home—using a mobile device, computer, or phone—without ever leaving your home. Telehealth can save you time and money when you need help for certain minor medical issues.
To be clear, there are instances where going to the emergency room is necessary, such as:
- Symptoms of a heart attack, like chest pains that last more than two minutes
- Signs of a stroke, such as numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision, or trouble speaking
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Major injuries, such as broken bones or head trauma
Going to the ER is costly and also a drain on medical resources that may be needed to tend to patients with more pressing concerns. Urgent care is a great alternative for nonemergency situations, such as cuts, scrapes, sprains, or muscle strains. But urgent care can put a strain on your wallet, too.
That’s where telehealth comes in. It’s a great way to get treatment for minor conditions such as:
- Arthritis pain
- Colds and flu
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Insect bites
- Respiratory infections
- Sore throats
- Sprains and strains
Did you know that if you have a WPS Health Insurance individual or small group health plan, you have access to telehealth services from Teladoc®? You can talk to a board-certified doctor from anywhere at anytime by phone, video, or mobile app! Teladoc also offers the opportunity to connect with behavioral therapists or dermatologists.
WPS has also expanded its coverage. See your policy for details and wpshealth.com/covid19 for the latest updates.
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