Online Doctor Appointments
Along with the stress of having your body probed, doctor visits notoriously involve losing precious time in backed-up waiting rooms. But here's some medical news that can add hours to your life: numerous insurance companies are offering password-protected websites that allow patients to visit physicians virtually. While over 100,000 doctors have established secure websites through the Medem network; Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Kaiser operate online services in various U.S. regions and are working to roll out nationwide operations.
These sites allow patients to ask questions, pay for prescription refills with credit cards, and fill out various medical forms. "While in-person visits are preferable, dealing with your doctor online may help you get quicker feedback on whether to monitor your condition, come in for an office visit or head for the emergency room", says Tucson, Arizona, anti-aging physician Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.