Patients can now get healthcare advice and medical treatment by subscription through NetMedNow and its telemedicine partners, says Bossier Press. NetMedNow offers online care 24/7 through U.S. board-certified physicians who specialize in internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics.
An entire household can access the service and unlimited chats for just $12.95 a month for the basic service or $17.95 a month for the preferred service. There is a one-time application fee of $5.95, but there are no additional charges for consultations.Here’s how it works:
- Patients create an online profile, including medical history, allergies, medications, lifestyle, etc.
- Patients request a consultation, indicating preferred day and time, choosing video chat or phone call, and setting alert preferences for the best way to contact them.
- Patients select their payment information and agree to the terms.
- NetMedNow confirms the details of the appointment .
- Prior to the call, the patient gets an alert (text or email), and the physician reviews the patient’s profile and medical history.
- During the call, the patient describes symptoms, answers the doctor’s questions, and the doctor provides a diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Patients can share the information with their primary care physician with a few clicks.
Online security of personal data is a big factor, but NetMedNow says it’s got that covered. It is both 100% HIPAA and 100% ISO 27002 compliant.For busy individuals and families who want to avoid long wait times or unnecessary trips to urgent care clinics or emergencies rooms, NedMedNow seems like an affordable option. There are, of course, some restrictions, so prospective subscribers should read the fine print before enrolling in the program.The monthly subscription is not insurance, nor is it intended to replace insurance. The subscriber is still obligated to pay for all healthcare services, such as prescriptions, resulting from any consultation. Also, the program does not meet the minimum creditable coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, and it is not available in Florida, Kansas, Utah, Vermont, or Washington.Insider Take:With rising healthcare costs, individuals and families are turning to telemedicine as an alternative to in-person healthcare in certain circumstances. In fact, according to American Well, 64% of Americans say they are willing to have a video visit with a doctor, and 67% of healthcare professionals are either using some form of telemedicine now, or are planning to in the next few years.NetMedNow is the latest in a line of companies who have tried telemedicine. While it seems to be a growing field, it is not yet proven. Medicine is complicated, and there are lots of issues navigating insurance, regulatory requirements, Obama Care, etc. The company’s challenges go beyond being a subscription model and getting users to subscribe. As always, we’ll follow the company to see how they’re doing, and we’ll give you periodic updates.