The benefits of establishing care with a virtual primary care provider go way beyond just seeing them once a year for a checkup. With regular visits, you can partner together to catch problems earlier and reach your health goals. And because your virtual primary care provider knows your medical history and concerns, they can give you genuinely personalized care. Here are five ways virtual primary care can help you beyond the annual checkup.
1. You’re worried you may be sick or have a new problem
Everyone gets sick from time to time. Sometimes all you need is a little rest to recover. When you aren't feeling well, your primary care provider can help you figure out what is wrong, and get you the treatment you need. With virtual primary care, you don't have to travel to a physician's office. You can schedule a visit for new concerns, and they will help you figure out if you need treatment right away, or arrange for testing to learn more.
2. You need a prescription refill
Your care team can refill most existing prescriptions you may have. As you manage your health, you can also ask your primary care provider about adding new medications to your routine. With virtual primary care, you’ll also be able to message your care team through your Teladoc Health app if you have medication questions.
3. You need help managing ongoing health problems
If you have an ongoing health problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure, your primary care provider can work with you to stay on top of it. When you meet with your primary care provider, you can work together to create a personalized care plan. From examining your medication list to helping you set personal goals, your primary care provider can guide you toward better health with regular check-ins.
4. You’re experiencing anxiety or depression
Our primary care providers are trained to help you with mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. You can schedule a visit to discuss your mental health. From important life events to your daily stressors, talking with someone who knows your medical history can help you create a plan that works best for your personal health. Your primary care provider may refer you to a trusted mental health specialist if you need more specialized care.
5. You need specialty care and need help finding the right care
In some cases, you’ll need a referral so you can be covered by your insurance for a specialist visit. Also, some specialists may require a referral from your primary care provider before they see you. If you find out that you need a referral before you can see a specialist, you can ask your primary care provider for one.
When you and your primary care provider team up, you can take on any health challenge. Get started with virtual primary care from the comfort of home. If you need help between your visits, you can message your care team with questions or give them a call at 855-732-5181.