I am not a fan of going to see a doctor. I will go “kicking and screaming.” My husband on the other hand will go to the doctor in a heartbeat. He’s very worried about his health. The littlest thing worries him and he has to get it checked out immediately.
Trying to get an appointment with doctors these days is easier said than done. Especially when it comes to specialists. I’ve had an “issue” for months (since September) and the EARLIEST I could see my doctor is May 18th. I called for an appointment over a month ago. Sigh…
My husband and I find ourselves using the services of an Urgent Care facility. They take walk-ins and are open later hours (and weekends) unlike our primary doctor. Ideally we’d like to see our doctor, but there are times that is not possible due to no available appointments or the need being after hours. Even Urgent Care is not opened 24/7. The only other option is the emergency room at the hospital. I wouldn’t want to go there for something not terribly serious, nor do I want to spend a small fortune for the co-pay and extra fees not covered by insurance.
What if you could have access to a doctor twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, right from your phone, computer or tablet. You can with American Well, also known as Amwell.
Amwell is an online doctor service that connects you to doctors IN YOUR AREA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Through Amwell you can see a doctor online for a variety of issues ranging from minor illnesses and injuries, symptoms from a chronic conditions to general health and wellness concerns.
The doctors through Amwell are trained and certified physicians, many of whom are in your area. When you access the service YOU get to choose which doctor to connect with.
Here is how Amwell works.
Create an Amwell account where you provide basic information.
You can look for a provider in your city with the handy Amwell find a doctor page.
When you are in need of a doctor simply log in to your account, check out the available doctors, find one that you wish to connect with and then connect with him/her. It’s that easy and convenient. You can find a doctor today in Albany, New York (or where ever you live).
In addition you can connect with therapists, nutritionists and other specialists through Amwell.
Amwell is not meant to replace your regular doctor or physical check-ups. For serious health issues do not delay – see a doctor or go to the E.R. right away. Amwell is more so for situations like the following;
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection
- Sprains and strains
- Respiratory Infection
- Weight concerns
- Smoking Cessation
There have been plenty of times that someone in my family had a health issue after normal office hours. They ranged from the flu to a sinus infection. It we had Amwell back then would could have connected to a doctor immediately rather than suffer all night long and well into the next day if we we were lucky enough to get in to see our primary physician.
Not too long ago I had a horrible eye infection. The left side of my face was swollen. It looked like I was punched in the face. I had to go to work the next day and I wasn’t able to get an appointment with my primary care physician. I had to go to Urgent Care after work which meant I suffered at work that day, not knowing what I was dealing with. If I had Amwell I could have called a physician the night before
As a mom this service would have been great to have when my kids were little. New moms have so many questions and concerns when it comes to their babies and toddlers.
I still remember when I was a new mom and I had some questions about my infant daughter and the pediatrician told me, and I quote, “I don’t have time for your questions right now.” Can you believe he said that to me? My husband was furious and called the practice and told them what happened. That doctor has never seen either of my kids since. I bet if I called one of the Amwell doctors they would answer my questions and address my concerns.
I like that you can use the service to connect with a nutritionist and a dietitian. As an overweight person I often have nutrition related questions. I currently don’t have a nutritionist so it’s great to know that I can reach out to one at any time of the day (or night) via Amwell.
Think about how handy this service will be when you are traveling. I couldn’t imagine being in a city far from home and not feeling well and having no clue where the nearest clinic or Urgent Care is.
You might be wondering how much Amwell costs. The fee is $49 for a 10 minute “visit” with an Amwell doctor. They accept credit, debit or HSA/FSA cards. You even get a printable receipt that you can print out and submit to your insurance. Some insurance companies and employers cover telehealth visits. Contact your Human Resources department or health insurance company to see if your visit is covered.
It costs my husband and I $50 (co-pay) for an office visit at Urgent Care. Specialists are $40, but Urgent Care charges more. So essentially I would be paying the same amount if I used Amwell and I wouldn’t have to deal with sitting around in the waiting room or having to drive to/from the office, especially late at night or in inclement weather.
The service is secure and they comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
If you have any questions about Amwell you can check out their FAQ section.
Check out this brief video that tells you a little more about the service.
If you are interested in trying out Amwell I have a coupon for FREE first visit – MOMSLOVEAMWELL. Use this FREE code to try out the service for yourself the next time you or a family member are not feeling well.
What do you think about Amwell? Does it sound like a service you would use?
If you have used Amwell before I would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I have partnered with Amwell to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.