During the month of November, Canada celebrated Digital Health Week – an annual celebration and recognition of how digital health is transforming the delivery of health care across Canada. According to a 2021 Digital Health survey commissioned by Canada Health Infoway, over 12,000 Canadians over the age of 16 stated the following with regards to their experiences with virtual healthcare:
- 91% said a virtual visit saved them time and money
- 90% were satisfied with the care they received in a virtual visit
- 84% were satisfied with the virtual mental health care they received
- 82% want to use electronic prescriptions
These past two years were some of the most challenging years for healthcare in Canada. However, the unprecedented adoption of virtual care that occurred during the pandemic will benefit all Canadians for years to come – with better access to timely health care and improved outcomes. Although in-person visits will always remain a cornerstone of care, here are 4 reasons why patients might opt for a virtual visit:
For those dealing with mobility issues or living in rural settings, fast access to medical care isn’t always possible. Virtual medicine provides a way to meet with a healthcare provider quickly – making it much easier for you to get immediate care and attention without having to leave your home.
Safe access to care during flu season
Waiting for hours in an emergency department or walk-in clinic with other sick patients can contribute to the spread of viruses. Virtual medicine keeps you at home, avoiding exposure to infectious diseases. This is especially important for aging patients and those who are immune compromised.
Support for parents with sick children
If you are a parent, you know the frustration of dealing with a sick child and not knowing whether to take them to the emergency room or wait until your family doctor has an available appointment. With virtual medicine, you can speak directly with a healthcare provider quickly, without having to leave the comfort of your home. This prevents unnecessary trips to busy walk-in clinics or hospitals.
Greater access to specialists
Many patients across Ontario have to wait weeks to get an appointment with their doctor, only to wait months for an appointment with a specialist. For those who don’t have a primary care doctor, the stress of having to visit a walk-in clinic or the hospital can be overwhelming. That’s where virtual medicine can help. It brings you and the specialist together quickly and conveniently.
What to expect during a virtual medical appointment?
During your appointment, you will have the opportunity to speak to a healthcare professional about your health concern. Based on your needs, they may:
- Address your concerns during the appointment
- Discuss a care plan/treatment options
- Give you a specialized referral
- Recommend that you go to the nearest Emergency Department
Book your virtual walk-in visit today
If you would like to speak with a medical professional about your healthcare needs, visit www.tuliphealth.ca. Tulip Health is a virtual walk-in clinic that provides non-emergency related healthcare. Tulip Health offers same-day or next-day appointments any day of the week. It’s easy to use and it’s covered by OHIP. To book an appointment, visit www.tuliphealth.ca.