By Ian Cameron, MSU APA Area Representative
I have now used Teladoc on a couple of occasions and will continue to use it in the future. It is very easy to use, available 24/7 and costs nothing. No Co-Pay at this time; nothing. All you have to do is sign up which is quick and easy, provide some basic information and provide a list of current medications. You can also enroll your family members as well.
When you are sick or in need of a seeing a doctor for a non-emergency situation, all you have to do is access the website and schedule a visit which happens via web, phone or mobile app. The doctor usually calls back within 30 minutes or less in my experience. For those who work in an open office environment, it is easy to slide into an unoccupied room or use the designated health privacy rooms on campus. You explain your symptoms and answer a few questions, then a prescription in many cases is sent to the pharmacy of your own choice.
The best part of using Teladoc, is that you never have to leave your home or office. Using Teladoc not only saves you time and money, but also helps the University save money on medical expenses which could lead to greater pay increases in October. While I have not used this myself, I understand that for those may need to provide a doctor’s note, Teladoc also has the ability to provide one that is accepted by the university.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so I encourage you to give it a try.