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I Tried It! Click, Click.. Appointments With A Doctor Has Never Been Easier

Click, Click.. Appointments With A Doctor Has Never Been Easier

How many times have you or a family member been sick and wanted to go see a doctor, but just couldn’t make the time to schedule an appointment OR dreaded the office wait? Now, there’s a better option. Introducing … Amwell.  If you’re interested, you can visit the site and use code – MOM20 -. This is my loyal reader code and it is good for 25% off an urgent care visit.

 What Is Amwell?

    

Amwell is, in a nutshell, telemedicine. You know how when you’re feeling a little out of sorts and you google the symptoms you think you have, and then you find a variety of causes? It’s kinda like that… only more accurate because you’re speaking to a REAL DOCTOR and not the internet. This new way of seeing a doctor has actually been around for 40 years, but has been making some serious headway for the past 5. It’s quite effective and it can be a huge help for people who are unable or unwilling to travel outside of their home or comfort zone to see a doctor.

 I Tried It Myself!

To see how the Amwell site works, I was able to test it out myself. I was given a special code that covered my first Urgent Care visit. I contacted a doctor to ask about my nagging cough and body aches. I was a little suspecting that I had caught the flu, but I wanted to be sure.  I went on to the site and selected the “Medical” tab. Instantly, I was given the option to see the first available provider and I was able to choose a pharmacy closest to me…just in case I might need to pick up a prescription.

The set up process was pretty simple. I chose to use my computer to set up my appointment, although the option to use your phone for your RX appointment is also available. Personally, now that I have used my computer for this, I think I would prefer to use my phone. The video quality is better and I also think that internet speed is way faster.

It took about 3 minutes to completely set things up, and probably another 5-10 for the site to find a doctor who could assist me. Not a bad wait considering that I could have been driving to an urgent care clinic or been on the phone scheduling an appointment for days later! Also, it turned out that I do indeed have the flu. The doctor even provided a prescription for me to get medicine to treat it… how awesome is that?! I’m really appreciative that I was able to get to know Amwell and the assistance the entire site provides.

To be completely honest with you, I am on the site right now, and I am looking at setting up a Psychiatric appointment for my daughter. She suffers from depression and anxiety, so I think that this OTC aka “Over The Computer” technique may be beneficial for her. Just have to see if it can work for us. I’ll give you an update on that at a later date. Until then, There are so many other physicians on the site waiting to help you or anyone you know who may need help.

 

Your Insurance Can Cover Your Online Appointments!

Covered by insurance for over 80 Million people

Visits on Amwell.com and through the Amwell app accepts insurance coverage from the brands like UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, Aetna and more. If you don’t have medical insurance you can still see one of our doctors, therapists or specialists and pay at the time of your visit.

  • Academic Health Plan (AHP)
  • Aetna
  • Anthem*
  • APWU
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Los Angeles
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

NOTE:  Insurance coverage refers to urgent care visits only. Visits with independent specialists require advance payment and are not submitted for reimbursement.
*To receive the maximum covered insurance benefit, members of these plans should click their plan name and have visits on their specific platforms.

I think that Amwell is making some great strides in providing quality online telemedicine to people. It’s a sign of the times, and it can be very helpful to many people. I don’t think that it will entirely take over the medicinal field, however. In my opinion, there will still be many occasions where you will have to see your doctor in person. For example, yearly physicals, mammograms, blood tests, etc. But those little nagging things… this will definitely be a great option. OH, I forgot. Amwell doesn’t just have urgent care for you. The site also has counselors, therapists, and specialists available to help you discuss topics you may want/need help in, If you’re interested, you can visit the site and use code – MOM20 -. This is my loyal reader code and it is good for 25% off an urgent care visit. The code is good until 12/31/18. Give the site a try and see for yourself how well Amwell can work for you!

Amwell site – www.amwell.com

Amwell on the Apple App Store – http://bit.ly/amwellapp

Amwell on the Google Play Store – http://bit.ly/googleamwell