What is telehealth?
Telemedicine (also sometimes called "telehealth") is a form of virtual care that healthcare professionals offer patients looking for efficient, flexible care. With telemedicine, you can speak with a doctor about your symptoms and work to develop a treatment plan that's right for you - without the hassle of having to drive to different doctors' offices or navigate confusing insurance copays. If you've already seen a doctor and need a second opinion or more clarity on your condition, you can schedule a quick and easy telemedicine appointment to get your questions answered on your own time.
What is telehealth good for?
Telehealth can be less expensive than traditional face-to-face care. Telehealth can also be more convenient - avoiding the need to travel to a medical facility.
Telehealth can help people with semi-urgent same-day needs as well as chronic conditions. A study in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health finds that telehealth can be useful for patients with diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, among other chronic conditions.
Telehealth is good for urgent care visits when you need a prescription, a refill, or medical care that can be provided over a video call.
Researchers have found that telehealth services were linked with more home care, fewer emergency department visits, and higher satisfaction.
For many patients, it is less expensive to use telehealth than face-to-face care. A traditional face-to-face visit with a provider can cost from $100 to $500 on average. Urgent care facility prices also widely vary. A telehealth visit on Sesame ranges from $24 to $70 dollars depending on the region and time of day.
What is a telehealth appointment?
Telehealth appointments also called telemedicine are medical visits that take place over face-to-face real-time video with fully licensed medical professionals including doctors or nurse practitioners.
Why would I use telehealth instead of an in-person visit?
Telehealth is primarily used to increase access to quality health care for individuals around the world. Many people have a hard time finding a quality clinic, or do not have the time to sit in waiting rooms before an appointment. Currently, the coronavirus pandemic has made people nervous about office visits. Telehealth can help calm these anxieties by letting you receive your routine check-up or discuss non-urgent symptoms without having to leave home.
What types of telehealth care can I book through Sesame?
It is up to the provider to determine what services they offer through a virtual appointment. Examples of care you can find on marketplaces like Sesame include:
- Primary care
- Urgent care (for conditions such as rashes, sore throat, migraines, UTIs, and more)
- Sexual health consultations
- Mental health consultations
- Chronic condition management
- Dermatology consultations
- Prescription refills
- Pediatric care
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, do not use telehealth. Instead, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.
What are the benefits of telehealth and online doctor visits?
Over the past few years, telehealth has transformed the healthcare landscape giving patients better access to quality doctors and providers. Still, some may be unfamiliar with telehealth and its benefits.
In the simplest terms, telehealth is a means of managing your health with the use of digital platforms, video, and virtual consults with online doctors and providers. This includes:
- Virtual appointments: the ability to see your doctor virtually with video consultations. This is perfect for both new patients and those with ongoing appointments that don’t require an in-person visit. Despite what you may have heard, many conditions can actually be treated over video, including toothaches, moles, warts, UTIs and other vaginal infections, and more.
- Correspondence between doctors: By promoting faster, more efficient means of communication, telehealth allows for doctors to better coordinate and address patient needs.
- Virtual health records: Apps, sometimes called personal health record systems (PHRs) allow for the viewing of health care records from a web-enabled device.
- Remote Monitoring: Apps that upload medical information, such as lung function, blood pressure, and blood glucose readings, so that your doctor can monitor you virtually.
Should I use my phone, tablet, or computer for my telehealth appointment?
You can use your phone, tablet, or computer for a telehealth appointment on Sesame. Sesame works on the web through your web browser - Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox. It is easy to connect in just a few seconds with a quality Sesame provider who is ready to listen to your medical concerns.
Sesame supports face to face video communications, but turning on your video is not required if this makes you uncomfortable.
How do I book an online doctor appointment?
To book an online doctor visit through Sesame, visit Sesamecare.com. Use our search bar to look up the issue you may need addressed (such as "Prescription Refill", "Sore Throat", or "Urgent Care"). From there, you can browse relevant providers and our transparent prices to find the clinician or doctor that you want to see - at the price you want to pay. You can look at that provider's availability to schedule a virtual visit that works for your schedule. Finally, pay for your appointment upfront and wait for the booking confirmation email to get the link to your appointment.
How can I prepare for my telehealth appointment?
After booking your telehealth appointment on Sesame, you will receive a link to test the phone, tablet, or computer where you will speak with your provider. Sesame will send you a unique and secure webpage for you to access your telehealth appointment directly from your web browser. In the rare case that you run into any technical issues, our friendly support team is available to walk you through any challenges.
Do I need health insurance to book an online doctor appointment?
Nope! Sesame connects patients directly to doctors through our easy-to-use booking platform. That means you can get great care with top-rated health care providers without involving insurance companies. Skip the costly co-pays and premiums when you book an online doctor's appointment through Sesame. Prices on Sesame are transparent, and payment is easy. In many cases, you can pay for your visit with a one-time upfront cash price - usually 60% less than what you'll find through insurance networks. So, not only are you saving money, but you're also getting the best care available from the comfort of your own home.
How do I access my telehealth appointment?
After you book a video appointment, you will receive both an initial confirmation and a reminder via email and text.
There are three ways in which a video visit can be accessed:
- Select "Join virtual appointment" from the booking confirmation email.
- If you have an existing account or created one at purchase, log in at sesamecare.com, navigate to 'My appointments,' and select "Join virtual appointment."
- Click the link in the text message sent to you 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
We suggest using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to connect to your visit.
When should I book an urgent visit?
Urgent visits are recommended for non-life-threatening conditions. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or any life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Urgent care providers on Sesame can help with a wide range of non-life-threatening conditions, including:
- Minor illness (cold & flu)
- Sore throat
- Pain from sprains
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Questions about vaccinations and COVID-19
- Infections (skin, ear, eye, bladder, sinus, and more)
Whether you're looking for a primary care physician or a specialist, Sesame offers urgent care services at affordable prices. Skip the long wait times at walk-in clinics and get the quality care you need by booking an in-person or video visit with top-rated healthcare providers in Booster, AR. Save up to 60% on your urgent medical care needs with a convenient appointment on Sesame.
What is primary care?
The term primary care refers to the kind of medical care you need first — before you get sick, before you need to see a specialist, before you need to go to a hospital.
What is a primary care physician?
A primary care physician is a medical doctor trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide array of diseases in patients of all ages and backgrounds. Primary care physicians conduct checkups, offer medical advice, provide medical care to the general population, and offer supplemental care with immunizations, vaccinations, and chronic condition management. Primary care doctors are sometimes referred to as family or internal medicine doctors.
What kind of primary care physician should I see?
Primary care physicians can specialize in different medical fields. While most primary care physicians can treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and illnesses, you may want to receive a specific type of care based on your need, including:
- Family medicine doctor: Family medicine doctors can treat a number of conditions, illnesses, and injuries in patients ranging from children to geriatric patients. Family medicine doctors may receive continued training in pediatrics and obstetrics to be able to treat children and women’s health conditions.
- Internists: Internists specialize in internal medicine for adults. Internists specialize in treating conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and hypertension.
- Pediatricians: Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in pediatric medicine, or the care of infants and children. Pediatricians can do check-ups for children, provide immunizations, diagnose conditions and illnesses, and prescribe medication.
- Physician assistants: Physician assistants are highly trained health care professionals that have received a Master’s degree and intensive training to be able to work alongside the primary care physician to diagnose, treat, and test for a number of conditions and diseases.
- Obstetrician/ gynecologist: Obstetrician/ gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are specially trained to treat and care for conditions related to women’s health. OB-GYNs help with fertility, childbirth, and issues specifically relating to the health of female reproductive organs.
What do you see a primary care provider for?
Primary care providers can treat all sorts of conditions and issues. From women's health to sports medicine, PCPs have the training and experience to be able to address a number of health concerns.
Primary care providers can offer:
- Routine checkups
- Annual physical exams
- Urgent care
- Blood pressure testing (to check for hypertension and heart disease)
- Injury treatment (stitches, casting, splinting)
- Medication prescription
- Medical advice for general wellness
Primary care providers can usually answer most medical questions you may have. If you need a specialist, a PCP can offer a referral for a qualified doctor with the knowledge and expertise to treat you.
What conditions can a primary care physician treat?
Primary care physicians have extensive experience diagnosing, treating, and managing a range of acute and chronic conditions for patients of all ages, including:
- Cold, flu, and other acute illnesses
- UTIs and other vaginal infections
- Rashes, warts, moles, and other skin conditions
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) or premature ejaculation (PE)
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Developmental disorders
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions
What types of medical issues can be treated in a primary care consultation?
Primary care consultations are appropriate for a wide variety of symptoms and diagnoses.
How do I find primary care near me?
Right here! Sesame makes it easier than ever to find a real, quality primary care provider in Booster, AR. If you're a new patient looking for health care, it can be hard to know where to start- especially if you don't have an insurance plan.
Sesame works directly with doctors - not insurance companies - so you never have to worry about limited networks or expensive copays. Same-day appointments and telehealth visits available. See the doctor you want to see on your schedule and save up to 60% on health care with Sesame. It's that simple.
Can I book a follow-up appointment or additional services with Sesame?
Yes. Sesame offers a range of follow-up care, services, and specialist consults at clear, affordable prices. Get an MRI or X-ray for your sprained wrist. Talk to a therapist about how you're feeling. Or find a dermatologist to treat your rash. From primary care and prescription refills to dermatology and dentistry, clinicians on Sesame can help you treat and manage just about any condition.