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Are you a parent? Are you busy? I think if you said yes to question 1, then question 2 is most likely a “yes”.
I have been a mom for almost 15 years now. I have four children. I can not tell you how many times I have been to the pediatrician over the last 15 years. I remember back when it was just me or my husband and I. One of us would get sick. We would grumble and grab tissues and head to the doctors office. That was of course, if the doctor could see us that day. If not, we had to either call around and find an open appointment or just wait it out. Then….came….kids.
ONE CHILD GETS SICK. Mom calls doctors office. Doctor can’t see child until the next afternoon. Mom tries her best to quarantine kid from other kids in the house until there is a diagnosis so she knows what to do. The next afternoon, mom packs up (1,2,3,4…enter the amount of children you have here) and heads to the doctors office. Arrival at doctors office. There is a “sick” waiting area and a “well” waiting area. Mom has one sick child…but 3 well children. Figure that one out… ha! Now, the wait begins. Mom nearly has mental breakdown trying to keep kids occupied in busy waiting room, trying to keep their hands clean to avoid germs, while wiping sick child’s nose and holding baby. (and possibly chasing toddler) Nurse calls our name!! We head to room. We wait another 30 minutes. Again, trying to keep kids occupied, comfort the sick child, and feed the baby. Child gets diagnosed with strep throat. Mom packs kids into car and heads to the pharmacy to drop off prescription.
THREE DAYS LATER…..
Sick child is on the mend and feeling much better! Celebration!
No…wait…oldest child comes to mom with sore throat and fever….. repeat above. Three more times.
Does this sound familiar? Well, I’m happy to say that medicine and technology have come a LONG way. Actually…if you think about it…we kind of went backwards. Let me explain. Years ago, doctors made house calls. A child would get sick and mom would call the doctor. The doctor would bring his medical bag to the patients house to diagnose and give medications. Well, we can now do the same, via the internet! Thanks to Amwell.
Not only is it convenient to use Amwell. Here are two other reasons that Amwell is such an amazing service for our family:
1. Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance
2. Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.
We recently used (last week) Amwell as my older daughter had just been sick and now my husband was beginning to feel under the weather. He contacted a doctor via online with Amwell services and it was fast AND easy. He was able to speak to the doctor without leaving his office as he had meetings the rest of the day. How convenient is that?