I’ve heard all the excuses:
“…but I’ll have to take time off of work!”
“…if I sit in the waiting room, I’ll just get more sick.”
“…I’ll go if it gets worse.”
“…my doctor never has availability.”
“…I don’t need a doctor to tell me what’s wrong!” (my personal favorite)
I get it, we all have things that can keep us from getting (and staying healthy). But I’m here to let you know I can shoot down all of your excuses with one word:
I’m not a fan of selling things I don’t believe in, so let me share with you a personal experience I had with the telemedicine provider we buy for our employees: Healthiest You.
My wife just started teaching and has medical and Rx coverage through the district. We haven’t had kids yet and we (naively) thought the strep, flu, and various other bugs would pass us by without incident. Of course, we were wrong. About a month into the new school year we both were hit hard by a sinus infection. Since she wasn’t able to take off, I suggested she call Healthiest You on her way into work and speak to a doctor about her “coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can’t rest” problems. After a short conversation with a Healthiest You agent who verified her information and did some initial probing of her symptoms, she was told a real, licensed doctor would call her back in about an hour.
You might be thinking, “Talking to a doctor in an hour, that’s just like driving over there! This thing is useless.” What if I told you the average time to talk to a doctor is 11 minutes. Sound good? Okay, let’s keep going.
Five minutes later her phone rang. A doctor located in Texas had received her initial case and was ready to visit with her about her symptoms. About ten minutes later, she had verified with the doctor that it sounded like a sinus infection and he informed her he would call in some antibiotics and a cough suppressant to the the Walgreens by her school. During her lunch hour she was able to walk across the street, pick up her prescription (along with hand sanitizer and tissues), and get back with enough time to eat a quick soup and sandwich.
So, instead of a detour to the doctors office, she was able to utilize her time in traffic to get a diagnosis and a prescription called in to a pharmacy right next to her school. No appointments, waiting rooms, or extra travel were needed. She conversed with a doctor when it convenient for her schedule.
Healthiest You is not meant to replace your doctor, and it’s not insurance. It’s a simple program that will connect you with licensed doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for about $11 a month ($15 a month for families).
What’s even better is the flat monthly fee allows you to call as many times as you want, for whatever reason.
Okay, so let’s get down to brass tacks. Healthiest You is good for common, low risk things you’d normally see a family doctor or urgent care for such as:
- Sore Throat
- Pink Eye
- Strep Throat
- Upper Respiratory Infection
- Urinary Tract Infection
It’s not going to take the place of a doctor for things like:
- Ongoing health issues
- Major medical problems (cancer, organ problems, etc)
- Narcotic based prescriptions
Healthiest You is not insurance and does not take the place of group, individual, medicare, medicaid, short term, or any other coverage. It will not pay for any prescriptions you are issued, although they have a discount program which could reduce the price of your drugs if you are paying cash. If you do have insurance coverage, you can use Healthiest You instead of going to the doctor and paying an office visit co-pay. You will still use your existing coverage to pay for any prescriptions issued.
Enough of my talk. Check out our Healthiest You page for more information on their plans, smartphone apps, Rx discount card, and raving reviews by customers. You can even enroll online in the program today!
P.S. Customers who have HSA programs love this product because it allows them to talk to a doctor without paying full price!