The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted just about every sector and industry of the economy, as well as most aspects of daily life. As infection numbers continue to rise across the nation, social distancing measures to curb the spread continue to be important. One way that Americans and their physicians are helping is by participating in virtual medical appointments.
While that may be the new way patients and doctors connect today, it’s likely that the post-pandemic world will continue to see growth in telehealth as a more affordable and convenient way to access medical care.
Telehealth Services Spiking Amidst the Current Health Crisis
While hospitals remain open for medical emergencies, regular doctor visits don’t always need to be held in person. Non-emergency issues like sore throats, skin rashes, minor infections, allergies, and other non-urgent ailments can probably be handled over the phone or via online video conferencing. Prescriptions can be provided, and requisitions for blood work or other lab testing can also be given without requiring face-to-face contact.
Even before the pandemic struck, telehealth was steadily increasing in popularity among Americans, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the health crisis took hold, telehealth services have exploded. Recent policy changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic made telehealth more accessible and have been promoted as an effective way to receive medical care. Medical offices are also encouraging telehealth services more than ever before, in an effort to protect patients and staff.
Telehealth: Here to Stay
It’s highly possible that telehealth services will continue to be as popular post-pandemic as they are today.
While regulations that made telehealth services less accessible have been lifted in response to the current crisis, experts believe that telehealth adoption will continue, particularly as many medical offices and hospitals have already invested in the technology needed to offer the service.
The benefits of telehealth are undeniable. For starters, those who may struggle with getting themselves to a medical facility will find virtual doctor appointments much more convenient and time-saving.
Just as important are the cost savings associated with telehealth. Virtual visits generally cost a fraction of the price of a traditional in-person appointment. Having access to affordable health care in this manner is enough to keep the demand for telehealth strong going forward.
Health Sharing Programs Provide Affordable Access to Telehealth Services
One way to take advantage of telehealth services is with a health sharing program. A health sharing program can provide access to affordable telehealth services. Some programs even offer telehealth with a $0 consultation fee.
At US Healthshare, we offer several program options depending on your budget and precise needs. When the need to cover medical care arises, you can take advantage of more affordable telehealth services.
Get in touch with USHealthshare today to discuss your particular situation and determine your best options for affordable health care.