It’s 2:00 am and you can’t sleep because you have a sore throat. To make matters worse, it’s the weekend and you know you won’t be able to see your doctor until at least Monday. As a member of Zion HealthShare, you can get help immediately using Teladoc! This is a free unlimited service for our Direct Members and is available as an optional add-on service for our Essential members.
What is Teladoc? It’s 24/7 access to board-certified doctors by phone or video chat from the comfort of your own home. This convenient service provides medical guidance and peace of mind without the need to wait for an office visit. You can also get prescriptions sent to the pharmacy of your choice and have the results shared directly with your primary care physician.
Visits are easy using the Teladoc App, but you can also access services online or by phone at 1-800-TELADOC. Common conditions treated by Teladoc include sinus infections, respiratory infections, allergies, cold, flu, and more. If your condition is more serious, you may be referred to seek in-person care for further evaluation and treatment. Dermatology and other specialty visits are available through Teladoc for only $85.
The above scenario recently happened to my wife who was skeptical about using this service. But as she was experiencing a lot of discomfort, she decided to give it a try. After downloading the app, and going through an initial registration process, the rest was easy. She requested an appointment, and within a few minutes was able to speak to a real doctor who checked out her throat using the camera on her smartphone. He quickly made a diagnosis, and a prescription was called in to a local pharmacy that was fortunately open on Sunday. By Monday, she was already beginning to feel better!
Next time you or a family member are experiencing a non-emergency illness, why not give Teladoc a try? You might be surprised by how easy it is to get help without even leaving your house!