Virtual Visits Are In My Area! Finally!

Virtual visits have finally arrived to one of my local health systems.  They serve both people with & without insurance & the visits are $49.  This might be a good way for me to check on things if it is after hours or on a weekend.  I’m actually excited to see this.

I’m happy with my local PCP & he does have Saturday hours.  In the past though, I’ve been stuck arguing with urgent cares & getting not-so-great care when things happen late on Saturday or a Sunday morning or afternoon.

This is a relief because I know they can pull up my full record in the system & I don’t have to get stuck with someone outside my system treating me & not knowing my history (& spending 20 minutes explaining it from square one).

While I know I’m a more complex patient & they can’t solve everything, I at least have a point of contact here to run something by before it has another 24 hours to rest, bake, & get more serious.  Or to confirm with another doctor to find out if I do need to check-in or follow-up later.

Best of all, since it’s virtual I don’t have to worry about driving somewhere when I’m feeling sick. Either out of stubbornness or just to see someone.  It comes to me.

This is another thing I need to ask Aetna about tomorrow because I did see in my plan that telemedicine visits are covered as long as it’s from an Aetna provider.  Plus it seems the copay is about the same or even a bit cheaper than what I would pay for an urgent care or walk-in clinic.  Maybe if it’s covered they’d just charge my regular PCP copay.  It will be interesting to see what they say about it.

 

Update 1/11: From what I was able to get from the Aetna rep was that these are covered visits but billed as a specialist office visit copay, which makes sense.  If they charge less than that, that’s what I pay.  This is a risk I’m willing to assume (even if a claim denies) because the fee is the same (whether people have & use insurance or not), & is no more than an urgent care visit would be.  I’d rather use my own health system over the urgent care which I have not had luck with.

 

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3 thoughts on “Virtual Visits Are In My Area! Finally!

  1. Yay! That’s exciting! I know it’s a band-aid, but every little bit helps.

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  2. Nikki, if I were Aetna, I’d bend over backwards to make this work. Let’s talk about a strategy to get them to help you. If we’re not careful, there’s a Win/Win scenario here! Knockin’ Wood 4U

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  3. sounds good, D. I’ll touch base with you after I talk to them about the rest of the mess tomorrow after I find out the “standard” reply 🙂

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