Why You Should Embrace Telemedicine Benefits
By Casey Bean, Digital Marketing Coordinator
“I had a lovely afternoon in a cold, uncomfortable waiting room,” said no one ever. At some point, we’ve all felt sick and miserable to the point where we had to take time off work to visit the physician’s office or urgent care clinic. You wait to check in, wait some more to be escorted to the doctor’s office, and wait even more for the nurse to do some tests. At this point, you’re shivering as you anxiously wait for the doctor to walk through the door. They tell you what’s wrong, write a prescription, and send you on your way. The whole experience is inconvenient, unpleasant, and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, there’s an alternative solution that helps you achieve the same results as a doctors’ visit without having to leave the comfort of your bed: telemedicine benefits.
Top 10 Reasons to Embrace Telemedicine Care
Telemedicine services provide a convenient, cost-efficient alternative to the typical healthcare experience. There are many reasons why employers and employees should embrace telemedicine care. Here are our top ten:
1. Convenient Care
Telemedicine provides employees and their families with increased access to safe and effective healthcare conveniently by phone or online. They can avoid leaving home or work to receive the care they need.
2. Improved Care
Calling a doctor from home gives telemedicine patients access to important documents and medications that they might forget to bring to the physician’s office. Your telemedicine provider can help provide you with a clear understanding of your insurance coverage should you need to visit a provider in-person. It’s also easier to take notes or include a family member on the call to help retain important information.
3. Better Access to Care
Doctors can reach patients in remote, rural and underserved areas where there might not be an available doctor or hospital. During emergencies, a telemedicine doctor can instruct a remote patient on what to do to protect their health until they can get to a physical medical office.
4. Specialist Availability
In rural and urban areas, certain specialists may not be easily accessible for in-office visits. Telemedicine enables patients to connect with specialists who may be hundreds of miles away.
5. Faster Access to Care
After speaking with a physician over the phone, they can write you a prescription and schedule delivery to your pharmacy, allowing you to get the medicine you need faster than in-office visits. Some telemedicine services even offer prescription delivery straight to your home.
6. Less Unnecessary ER Visits
ER visits are necessary for medical emergencies but not for patients seeking care for the flu or minor illnesses. Telemedicine is a cost-efficient alternative for patients seeking immediate care from the ER or walk-in clinics.
7. Cost Savings
Telemedicine services direct patients to the most cost-efficient care options available and reduces ER visits which helps employers save money. Employees also save money by reducing travel to and from hospitals and time away from work. Some telemedicine services have a zero copay which encourages employees to call since it costs them nothing for the call.
8. Reporting Failures
Employers can see the value of telemedicine by viewing employee utilization reports and generating reports that show them the savings associated with diverting callers from the ER, Urgent Care and Physicians’ offices. Both of these translate to ROI that CFOs are happy with too. Programs like HealthJoy give employers the ability to track and improve telemedicine engagement.
9. Competitive Benefits
A robust benefits package can help employers recruit and retain top talent. By adding telemedicine services to their benefits package, employers gain a competitive advantage in the job pool.
10. Increased Productivity and reduced Absenteeism
For many employers and employees, medical care can cost a great deal in time, resources, and money. Telemedicine is a convenient, cost-efficient service that can help reduce the barriers of time and distance to a hospital or doctor’s office.
To learn more about telemedicine service offerings for your business, contact a BKS-Partners Employee Benefits advisor.