Online medical appointments to make life easier
Getting online to shop, check the weather, read the news and watch funny videos is common for most people today. But what about looking for a new doctor and making an appointment? More people are doing this than ever before, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. There was a 16 percent increase in doctors using online appointment scheduling between 2005 and 2009, and even more online scheduling will be available in the future, according to Kaiser.
Think about it: finding yourself in need of a doctor, you locate your health insurance provider list. It is miles long, and who knows when you might be able to get in to see the doctor you finally choose? You call doctor after doctor, only to hear time and again you can't be seen for weeks, or they aren't accepting new patients. Now picture logging onto a Web site where doctors' schedules are not only viewable, but you might be able to make an appointment for the very next day.
Doctors are embracing the technology as a way to save time, money and frustration and add new patients, according to Kaiser. Some allow viewing of their schedules; others simply allow patients to email appointment requests, or prescription refill requests and more. Check with your health insurance provider or doctor or health care group to see if online appointments are available. If they aren't, ask why not. Online scheduling can help you take better control of your health care, and might even save money in the long run.