Colds, the flu, and yes, the new coronavirus can sneak up on you. You might be wondering if your symptoms are bad enough to schedule a visit to the doctor in the early stages. Or they are so bad that you don’t feel up to making the trip. You also may be worried that you might spread your illness or pick up a bug from another sick person in the waiting room.
A video visit (also called a virtual visit) is the perfect option for many urgent care situations. Using technology similar to Skype or FaceTime, you can be seen by a medical professional face-to-face through your smartphone, tablet, or computer equipped with a web camera. Depending on your medical concern, the provider can diagnose you, suggest follow-up care and prescribe medication when appropriate. Best of all, they are available to see you 24 hours a day, every day of the year! Follow these steps to get on the road to recovery.
|Get started||Gundersen Health System Patients||UW Health and SwedishAmerican Patients|
1. Get the app
2. Choose a provider
|Log in and review the available providers, their experience, and ratings. Choose the provider who best fits your needs.|
3.Start your visit
|Video chat with your selected provider. Get a diagnosis, treatment plan, and prescription (if needed) in about 20 to 25 minutes.|
|The cost is no more than $59 per visit, depending on your plan. Your provider will notify you of any cost before you start your visit, and you’ll have the option to stop or continue.|
Other health care providers offer video visits. For example, UnityPoint Health – Meriter has Virtual Care. Check with your primary care provider or clinic for details.