V is for Virtual Visits: The New Future of Healthcare?

V is for Virtual Visits: The New Future of Healthcare?

It is no secret that the world has gone digital. Even before 2020, the world was constantly trying to make everything “go digital.” From banking to food delivery, more and more goods and services went virtual. With an ongoing global pandemic in the mix, even more services are going digital, including doctor’s visits.

A virtual visit is a seamless and time-saving way to be seen by your doctor from the comfort of your own home. A variety of types of care can be done virtually. This includes physical therapy, general practitioner, and mental health services. This has been an excellent tool for social distancing. But many of us are wondering if this is the new future of healthcare.

With everything, there is always a positive and a negative. And a virtual visit to your healthcare provider is no different. The pros and cons can be different for everyone. Luckily as the world settles into its new “normal,” we often have the choice between a traditional and virtual visit. And as always, talk to your doctor about what is best for you.

Pros of a virtual visit:

  • Visits are more convenient. And according to a recent Cisco global survey, 74% of patients prefer easy access to healthcare services over in-person interactions with providers.
  • Through most insurances, a virtual visit is typically at a lower cost, or sometimes it may be free. 
  • Not having to travel to the office saves you time.
  • There is no waiting in the doctors’ office. You can schedule and sit in front of your device in the comfort of your own home. 
  • For simple illnesses and injuries, you can save an unnecessary trip and quickly get the care you need.

Cons of a virtual visit:

  • If you need an exam or tests run, you will have to schedule another appointment.
  • Sometimes it can be challenging to convey what is ailing you to a medical professional when you are not in person. 
  • Many people, especially those who are elderly, may not be skilled or have access to video conferences.
  • The security of personal health data transmitted electronically is a concern.

Whether virtual visits are here to stay is still up in the air. But for now, knowing how to navigate a new digital world of healthcare can be vital as you may have appointments coming up. Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.

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