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Old 11-26-2023, 10:57 AM
 
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I see these commercials every time I watch TV. No insurance, no in-person appointments (all online), "virtual care teams," yet they're dispensing prescription medication for menopause, impotence, and even depression and anxiety. What is this, and how is it legit?
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Old 11-26-2023, 11:09 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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My company offered a new health insurance option this year, virtual doctors, all online unless you get a referral to be seen by a specialist. These virtual doctors can write prescriptions, etc. The discount for going with the virtual doctor plan was substantial enough to tempt me. After all, how much time do I really spend face to face with my doctor, five or ten minutes? Seems to be the way the future might be headed.
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Old 11-27-2023, 11:25 AM
 
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But are these even "doctors"? I think they used some other term for them. "Care team."
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Old 11-27-2023, 11:54 AM
 
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It's called telehealth, and yes, the providers are all board-certified. It's no different than when your own doctor has a virtual appointment with you.

Care teams include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other licensed clinicians and health professionals. The term applies to both in-person teams and virtual teams.
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Old 11-27-2023, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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The best use of virtual visits is for follow up of stable medical conditions. There should still be some in person contact for a physical examination, like a gyn visit.
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Old 11-27-2023, 12:29 PM
 
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The best use of virtual visits is for follow up of stable medical conditions. There should still be some in person contact for a physical examination, like a gyn visit.
Absolutely.
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Old 11-27-2023, 12:34 PM
 
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They certainly make it easier all the time to get prescription - I assume even Schedule II? - drugs. Sometimes I wonder if there's ANYONE in the country who isn't taking SOMETHING.
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Old 11-27-2023, 10:38 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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i had a tele-visit with my doctor 2 years ago during Covid, needed antibiotic for skin infection and really didn't want to do office visit if tele-visit was possible. I think it was my doctors first Facetime appointment but she was with a major healthcare company so it was possible.

She retired this year and I haven't needed a tele-visit since. Doctors like to see and evaluate the patient in-person unless circumstances make it safer to do it by Facetime. I would not choose tele-appointments for my medical appointments unless it was very simple need.
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Old 11-27-2023, 10:43 PM
 
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People are essentially requesting/ordering these drugs themselves online (albeit with the authorization of some unseen "care team"). What could go wrong?

Also saw my first commercial for CBD you can order online. According to the testimonials, no one can function anymore without it!
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Old 11-28-2023, 07:53 AM
 
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But are these even "doctors"? I think they used some other term for them. "Care team."
When I was helping my mom a few years back find a new primary care doctor. We visited an office where they used the term "practitioner" as to who sees the patients there. I said you mean doctor? They said no we have nurses not doctors.
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