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Choose telemedicine for your family’s health care needs

by Lauren Mandel

Moms and dads: Do you have a son or daughter who routinely uses your sleeve as a tissue? What about a child (probably soon-to-be multiple children) with the chicken pox? Does it seem like your little ones are home sick more than they’re in school?Facebook august - baby

It’s inevitable that with blustery winds and freezing temperatures, winter also brings cold, flu, and everything else season. It’s hard to predict exactly what your children are going to come down with and when, but what you can do is prepare with a plan to tackle sickness head-on.

In the United States, the average wait time to see a doctor is more than two weeks. And while some still value human interaction when it comes to doctor-patient relationships, most – 76 percent – would rather have easy access to health care, according to an American Hospital Association study.

This is where telemedicine comes in: When your child is running a temperature of 102 degrees, wouldn’t it be great to have immediate access to a board-certified doctor? Well, now you can.

There are different tools and apps now available that give you 24/7 access to doctors, who can diagnose conditions and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Some of these tools can also save you money on other health care needs, like prescription drugs, vision care, dental procedures, and more. And if you’re interested in completing your current health insurance coverage, you can get up to $10,000 in additional insurance benefits.

So the next time you’re thinking of packing sick kids into a card to make the long commute to the doctor, download an app, like GoHealth Access, instead.

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