Are you looking for a convenient and affordable way to receive medical care? With telemedicine and virtual urgent care services, you can now receive medical care from the comfort of your own home. Download our app and take a tour today to find out if telemedicine is right for you. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), we strive to provide our patients with the best care possible. In many cases, we can provide treatment virtually from the comfort of your own home.
But what if you need extra care? We have testing sites to improve your virtual care experience and provide you with quality care that you won't find anywhere else. We have also partnered with Headway, a virtual and in-person behavioral health care provider. Urgent care centers first appeared in the 1970s when doctors saw an unmet need for same-day non-emergency care. When you or your child are feeling unwell, you don't want to have to choose between receiving in-person treatment at an urgent care center or seeing the doctor via video conference. It's a good idea to find out which one is best for different health problems before you need care.
If only they had known that urgent care was a more convenient option, 65% of people would have chosen it instead (and would have saved a lot of money). Today, urgent care clinics receive about 160 million patient visits each year, almost all of which are more affordable and convenient than a trip to the emergency room. Telemedicine uses the same type of technology that you're already familiar with, such as video chat, text messages and email, to give you access to the health care you need from anywhere. Urgent care doesn't make sense in some cases, and it's important to know the difference between urgent care and telemedicine. Like many health care options, knowing when to choose urgent care and when to book a telemedicine appointment can be confusing.
You'll most likely wait weeks to get an appointment with your primary care doctor or specialist. During a virtual visit, your doctor can help you with many of the same things that you would normally have to wait days, weeks, or months to talk to your primary care doctor about. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a mutual legal reserve company and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Urgent care appointments and telemedicine appointments can be booked the same day or the next day, saving you time and improving your health more quickly, but the main difference is that with telemedicine, you don't even have to leave your home (or office). Not only can an emergency doctor see you faster than a traditional doctor, but you're also likely to be able to get care at a fraction of the cost. Many urgent care centers post their prices online so that uninsured people know exactly how much they can expect to pay before visiting the doctor.