Why Consumers Are Making the Switch to Virtual Medicine
As costs go up, wait times increase, and lobbies become more crowded, more and more patients make the switch to virtual medical care. QuickVisit Now's telemedicine platform gives patients affordable access to providers 24/7/365. Wondering why you should make the switch to virtual medicine, too?
It Saves Money!
The average emergency room visit cost is $1,389 according to a report by the Health Care Cost Institute. Visit costs have surged 176% from 2008 to 2017. However, it still doesn’t include extra charges from blood tests, IVs, or other treatments (1). Urgent care visit costs vary, similarly to ER visits, based on complexity and average around $155 per visit (2). Primary care physician visits average at a rate of $106.
QuickVisit Now’s virtual medicine visits are charged at a simple, flat rate of $59. It’s monetarily the most cost efficient way to see a provider. However, it is also worth mentioning that telemedicine visits not only save money, but also time, travel, and stress.
It’s Easily Accessible!
A 2017 study showed that it takes an average of 24.1 days to schedule a new patient appointment (4). The doctor will see you … in a few weeks.
QuickVisit Now is available 24/7/365. It’s healthcare on your schedule. No appointment scheduling. No office hours. No waiting rooms.
Short Wait Times!
ER wait times are steadily increasing. In the United States, the average emergency room wait time is over 2 hours (5). You can expect to wait in the lobby at an urgent care facility for 15 to 40 minutes (6). Patients wait approximately 18 minutes in physician waiting rooms (5).
Patients typically wait less than 10 minutes for a telemedicine visit with a provider (7). They also save time on travel, filling out paperwork, and waiting in a crowded lobby.
Next time you need to see a medical provider, skip the trip to the doctor's office and utilize QuickVisit Now's virtual medicine platform. 🩺
1. Alltucker, Ken. (4 June 2019). “'Really astonishing': Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says”. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/06/04/hospital-billing-code-changes-help-explain-176-surge-er-costs/1336321001/.
2. Fay, Bill. “Emergency Rooms vs. Urgent Care Centers”. Debt.org. https://www.debt.org/medical/emergency-room-urgent-care-costs/'
3. Hargraves & Frost. 15 Nov 2018. “Trends in Primary Care Visits.” Health Care Cost Institute. https://healthcostinstitute.org/hcci-research/trends-in-primary-care-visits
4. Merritt Hawkins Team. 22 Sept 2017. "2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times." Merritt Hawkins. https://www.merritthawkins.com/news-and-insights/thought-leadership/survey/survey-of-physician-appointment-wait-times/
5. “Average Wait Times to See a Doctor”. relyMD. https://relymd.com/blog-infographic-average-wait-times-to-see-a-doctor/
6. Barber, Michael. 9 Mar 2020. “Reduce your urgent care wait time by booking your visit online”. Solv. https://www.solvhealth.com/blog/reduce-your-urgent-care-wait-time-by-booking-your-visit-online
7. Caflisch, Scott. 16 Mar 2019. “The Promise of Telemedicine & Shorter Appointment Wait Times”. RelyMD. https://relymd.com/blog-the-promise-telemedicine-and-shorter-appointment-wait-times/