No more time wasted on the road and no more long lines at the doctor’s office, as modern doctors’ house calls can now be held on Skype.
That’s right, more and more healthcare providers are including virtual house calls in their programs. All you need to do is log on, provide some information regarding your symptoms and pay for the consultation via credit card. In a matter of minutes you will be connected to a doctor in a Skype video call, so that you can explain the full length of your symptoms and get the advice you need.
Naturally, this type of service is only adequate in some situations, as not all consultations end up with a drug prescription and a little bit of advice. The virtual house calls should be used rationally. Thus, when the patient is unsure whether or not it is necessary that he or she go to the hospital, this service could provide a quick assessment of their condition.
Furthermore, in the event that the patient has difficulty in getting to the doctor’s office, the service will be of great use. This is the case of those patients who display motor impairment or who require special help for leaving the house. A quick Skype conversation with a doctor could easily determine if the journey is absolutely necessary, or it could be followed by an old fashioned house call where the doctor comes in personally.
Ultimately, this service will also be useful for people who work long hours and who cannot find the time to go to see a doctor. Being able to talk to a medical professional from the comfort of their homes or offices could make it possible for these people to get their illnesses assessed sooner rather than later.
Since this type of house calls can save a lot of time for both the doctor and the patients, they could help make hospital waiting rooms less crowded. This could be a time saving alternative for those situations that do not require testing or medical procedures. Drug prescriptions could be phoned in by the doctor straight to the pharmacies, so that it is all accessible to the patient.
However, some members of the medical community believe that these virtual consultations could lead to misdiagnosing the patients, because a proper medical assessment greatly relies on the close observation of the patient.
It remains to be seen how much popularity the Skype doctors’ house calls will gain in the near future, so that the situations where they could be beneficial to the patient could be more clearly described. If used rationally, they could provide a lot of people with the help they need.
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