Online doctor consultation, or what we simply call ‘online doctor’, has never been such widely adopted before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Just like schools and banks going virtual, the Filipinos can now secure professional medical advice without leaving home and visiting high-risk areas like the clinics – What if you get worse on your way to the hospital, looking for a cure for the common cold but get infected with Coronavirus instead? If you are wondering what an online doctor consultation provides and where you can consult an online doctor for free, keep reading and you’ll find out!
Online doctor consultation allows you to consult, get diagnosed or treated by a doctor remotely through live chat, text enquiry, face-to-face video conference, or phone call with minimal to no physical contact. Other than the general medical consultation, some online platforms are also able to connect you with experts on specialties like dermatology, dentistry and sexology to get your health concerns clarified.
Live chat and query allow you to submit questions to doctor through inputting text and uploading documents. If you favor a phone or face-to-face video call with a specific doctor, you may book an appointment with your preferred timeslots. Be prepared to share your medical history and important facts that your doctor needs to know. List down your symptoms in advance to maximize the consultation call. Regardless of the connection method you select, you are usually able to follow up your health issue with the same doctor after the first session.
Consulting a doctor through texting online is a relatively affordable option. It is usually charged per query or packaged as 50-100 hour plan where you will have unlimited access to query within the subscribed time. On the other hand, audio and video consultations commonly last about 15-20 minutes, costing around PHP 500-700 in general.
What makes people take the first step to try out this revolution way of reaching a doctor? If you are one of the cases below, consulting a doctor online may be one good option for you:
If you haven’t noticed yet, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has launched their very own online nationwide medical consultation platform, namely , to help Filipinos combat COVID-19 remotely through Facebook chat. But if you are looking for private telehealth providers that offers more diverse and flexible choices in terms of consultation methods and doctors’ profiles, some insurance companies do offer free sign-ups of telehealth solution for their customers. Keep an eye on the limited offers, or !
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