With the rise of telemedicine, there is an increasing availability of virtual doctor appointments. This is often a more convenient option for patients, but it is important to know when an in-person doctor’s appointment is necessary. However, in some cases, a virtual appointment may actually be the best option available.
In-person appointments should be booked when a physical exam is needed. This includes physical conditions such as broken bones, lacerations, or other ailments that require a hands-on examination. In-person appointments are also necessary for certain tests such as x-rays or blood draws. Additionally, if a patient is experiencing a new or worsening symptom, an in-person doctor appointment should be booked.
Virtual doctor appointments are the best option for ongoing medical concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. They are also useful for follow-up appointments after an in-person visit or even for pre-screening where a follow-up in-person appointment is more suitable. If you’re looking to get a prescription refilled, a virtual appointment is often the quickest and most convenient way to do so.
Virtual appointments are also ideal for patients who are unable to physically travel to a doctor’s office. This could include elderly patients who are unable to drive or those who live in remote areas. Additionally, virtual appointments can be more cost-effective than in-person visits and can save patients’ time.
Knowing when to book an in-person or virtual doctor’s appointment is an important part of being an informed patient. In-person visits are necessary for physical exams and tests, while virtual appointments are best for ongoing medical concerns, follow-up visits, and prescription refills. Ultimately, consulting with a medical professional can help determine the best course of action.
If you have a medical emergency or just want to come in for a wellness check, we invite you to book either a telemedicine appointment or an in-person visit on our home page.