18 Nov 2021 admin
7 Undeniable Benefits of Virtual Care for Patients
Over the last number of years, virtual care has become an increasingly popular way for people to see a doctor in Ontario and across Canada. Before COVID-19, approximately four percent of primary care visits across Canada were done virtually (phone, video, app, or text). But the growth of virtual care accelerated during the pandemic. Once Canadians were forced to physically distance themselves, isolate, and stay at home, virtual care became a much more appealing option. In the early days of the pandemic, the number of people that sought virtual healthcare in Ontario and the rest of the country increased to 47%. By the summer of 2020, 74% of all primary care visits and 64% of specialty care visits were delivered virtually. The adoption of virtual care in Canada is only going to increase. The best part is that virtual care offers undeniable benefits for patients. Here are just a few of those benefits.
ConvenienceGoing to a doctor’s appointment requires more time than you think, whether it’s getting ready, sitting in stop-and-go-traffic, paying for exorbitant parking, or sitting unnecessarily in a crowded waiting room. And if you’re not feeling well, chances are good that you’re not going to be excited about having to do all that to see a doctor in the first place. That’s assuming you live in a community with access to doctors. Many Canadians live in remote and rural areas that are underserved by medical practitioners. Virtual healthcare reduces waiting time and wasted time. With virtual care, you can book a virtual visit and be connected with a licensed Canadian doctor in a matter of minutes. All from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you happen to be.
Managing Chronic ConditionsVirtual care provides real-time medical attention to patients using their computers or mobile devices. This makes it ideal for those who have chronic conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD) and mobility issues. If a patient is undergoing a chronic illness, they can stay in constant contact with their medical professional. This allows patients to be more active in the treatment of their own condition. Through virtual care, they can also get in contact with their doctor fast if anything goes awry.
Access to Care during Late Hours/WeekendsNot everyone gets ill or sick during their doctor’s regular office hours. Through virtual care, you can access a licensed Canadian doctor when you need to, whether that’s earlier or later in the day or on weekends.
Avoid Waiting Rooms for Minor Health ProblemsIf you’re knocked on your back because of a fever or other minor health issues, the last thing you want to do is haul yourself out of bed and wait in a doctor’s office surrounded by other sick people. Virtual healthcare in Ontario means you can have an appointment right from your bed, couch, or wherever you want.
Access to Experts and SpecialistsThe Canadian healthcare system is one of the best in the world. But that doesn’t mean you get instant access to experts and specialists. The waiting time to see a specialist in Canada has increased steadily over the years. In 1993, the average waiting time between a referral from a general practitioner to receipt of treatment was 9.3 weeks. Today, that waiting time has increased to 20.9 weeks—about five months. Beyond primary care, virtual care increases access to experts and specialists. This is an excellent option for those who live in both rural areas and those who live in smaller cities and suburbs.
More Efficient HealthcareOne big benefit of virtual care in Ontario is having primary doctors and specialists participate in a virtual visit together. This can reduce the number of appointments you need and ensures everyone is on the same page.
Less StressfulOntarians who use virtual healthcare say the visits can be less stressful than having a face-to-face visit. Some of that has to do with the fact that patients don’t need to spend the better part of the day going to a doctor’s office. It’s also typically less stressful to speak to a doctor from the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
MD Connected – “Virtual Care Near Me”Canadians deserve access to excellent healthcare no matter where they live or what their health issues are. MD Connected provides personalized virtual care and telemedicine clinics across Canada that meet their customers’ unique needs and preferences. You just need to choose the option that’s right for you. To book a virtual clinic and connect with a doctor or nurse practitioner, click the “book a virtual visit” button on our website and request an appointment. In no time, you’re connected with a virtual doctor that will provide you with an end-to-end experience through diagnosis, assessment, treatment plan, notes and forms. You can also see a doctor virtually at one of our many telemedicine walk-in clinics located across Canada. They operate similar to a traditional clinic, except you speak with a licensed physician through a secure virtual call. If you want to see a doctor at the nearest location, click the “Find clinic nearby” link on our website. MD Connected is led by a diverse team of doctors with varying backgrounds and provides its specialty services in multiple languages. Due to our huge roster of medical practitioners, MD Connected has the industry’s lowest wait times. To get an estimate, feel free to message us on our webchat. To learn more about MD Connected Ltd., contact us by visiting www.mdconnected.ca or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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