Urgent Care in My Pajamas
It’s never fun to get sick, right? And it always seems to be worse at night when you’re supposed to be sleeping! But when I recently had a round with the stomach flu, and it was late at night, I wasn’t sure I could possibly wait until morning to call my primary care doctor. Yes, the ER is open 24/7 but that’s expensive and truly, I didn’t think I was dying (even if I said otherwise to my husband while clinging to the toilet bowl). So I went to the urgent care in my pajamas!
No, I didn’t actually go to a local urgent care office in my pj’s BUT I did use Amwell for an online appointment with a doctor to see what I should do next. We’ve used Amwell before, both for breastfeeding advice and medical advice based on my schedule. Amwell is this nation’s largest “telehealth” (simply meaning online) company and connects users (you and me) with board-certified, licensed doctors for immediate and live, online visits. They are available around the clock and can be accessed both on your desktop or on your mobile device (through your camera).
The process has always been simple. You set up an account, choose a doctor based on the services you need and their availability, and have your visit (dressed or in pj’s like me) on the phone or your computer. Most services are completed with a video call, whether you use your smartphone or computer & webcam.
Their prices are reasonable, starting as low as $59 or less. Plus, you can enter your medical insurance information for Amwell to file a claim on your behalf!
So did I have the stomach flu? Yep. Was the doctor pleasant even though it was after bedtime when I’m in my pj’s, looking like death warmed over? Definitely! Would I call them again in this situation? Listen, I didn’t have to get dressed, leave the house, wait until dawn to call my regular doctor OR go sit in the ER so definitely a win/win deal for me!
Personally, as a busy mom, I think Amwell is a wonderful solution for families and individuals alike. If you don’t have insurance, their appointments are reasonably priced. If your normal doctor’s office is closed or have no open appointments, you can still get the care you need. And if you’re out of town, then you can still have that doctor’s appointment you need without being billed for out of network services by your health insurance.
Be sure to find out more about Amwell and their services by visiting their website and following them on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram today.
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