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No time for a doctor visit?

Posted by Alexandra Radel

Jan 20, 2015 8:40:00 AM

doctor visitsYou have a scratchy throat, sniffles, and a headache. Yup, you’re sick. Now you have to call your doctor, jumble dates and times with reception, and eventually schedule an appointment three days from now. There has to be another way to receive care quicker and easier than this, right?

Yes! Now you can receive medical care without an appointment and at a fixed price. Here are three options:

Web-based services

With your individual or group WPS health plan, you can enjoy Telehealth services from Stat Doctors™. By phone, mobile app, or tablet, you get 24/7 access to board-certified, emergency room physicians. Whether you’re at work or at home, Stat Doctors physicians can diagnose and treat most minor medical conditions and even prescribe medication. Need to register for Telehealth? It’s easy-simply log into the Stat Doctors website, or download the Stat Doctors mobile app, to register.

Not eligible for Telehealth? Don’t worry! Companies such as Doctor on Demand, American Well, and Teledoc offer 15-minute, Web-based visits with licensed physicians, for about $40 per visit.

Retail clinics

Many major pharmacies and retail stores have walk-in clinics staffed by medical professionals. These clinics are great for convenient, routine care, such as coughs, infections, and minor wounds. Prices for these services are posted on the company’s website, so you can find out exactly what you’ll pay for the care ahead of time. Below are three major retail clinics with their average cost per visit:

Target Clinic – $75

CVS Minute Clinic – $70

Walgreens Clinic – $50

Many insurance policies cover retail clinic visits, so check with your insurer or with the clinic to see if your care may be covered by your policy.

Urgent care centers

These clinics can usually handle problems that need immediate attention, but aren’t life-threatening or emergencies, such as stitches, sprains, and X-rays. Typically, the care you receive at an urgent care clinic is less expensive than the emergency room.

While these options are more convenient and may be more affordable than traditional care, they should only be used for minor illnesses and injuries. In emergency medical situations, call 911. If you’re managing a chronic illness, such as diabetes, it’s best to establish an ongoing relationship with a doctor who can get to know you and your symptoms.

Topics: Individuals & Families