Providence Express Care Virtual:
No Appointment Needed
Health Insurance companies are beginning to provide incentives to encourage patients to seek some health care visits via a face-to-face video visit. The benefit to you includes time, travel, and financial savings.
Providence is offering this service to both members and non-members. Providence members in 2017 (for most plans) can see a board-certified medical provider for $0 copay, calling it Express Care Virtual.
Non-members can see a provider for a $39 cost per visit cost. This is great for a variety of situations when you want to discuss your health issue, have a cold, need to renew prescription, and non-emergency situations. Take some time to read more about this growing service at the Providence Link below: (Make sure your pop-up blocker is off).
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
VIA COMPUTER: If you're using a laptop or computer with camera, you can create an account by clicking the link below:
Once you get an account set up you can log in, then talk with one of the doctors or nurses.
VIA PHONE OR TABLET: If you are searching for the app on the Play Store, search for the Express Care Virtual app.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
For those with a Providence Individual plans, you can us the video service for a $0 copay per visit. For non-Providence members, you can use the service for a $39.00 fee per visit.
When to Use Express Care Virtual
(The info below is from the Providence web site)
When you or your child is sick, provides a great alternative to a traditional doctor's office or urgent care visit.
Express Care Virtual is a great option, particularly in these situations:
- You'd like a diagnosis and treatment for a common health concern
- You feel like you should see a doctor, but don't have enough time for a visit
- Your doctor can't get you in for a same-day appointment or find a time that fits with your schedule
- Your doctor's office is closed and you don't want to go to an urgent care or hospital
- You feel too sick or contagious to leave your home
- The thought of traffic, parking and waiting at a clinic with other sick or contagious patients is a deterrent from getting care
- You want a second opinion
- You have a high-deductible health plan or no insurance coverage at all and need a low-cost care option
- You need a prescription refill*
All Providence Virtual Visits physicians and nurse practitioners can provide a prescription in accordance with state laws and when medically appropriate. We cannot refill controlled medications (narcotic pain medications, benzodiazepines, etc.). Please contact your prescribing provider for these refills.
Note: If you are having a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Disclaimer: As a broker, I'm letting you know about this service, but not recommending it above a face-to-face visit with your provider of choice.