TELEMEDICINEWhether you’re feeling sick at work, or wake up ill during the middle of the night, the last thing you want to worry about is trying to make it to an appointment with your family physician (or worse, to the emergency room because no other facility is open in the middle of the night). But with telemedicine, patients can seek medical guidance from a practicing physician remotely, at their convenience, via telecommunications and digital communication technologies.

There are pros and cons to utilizing telemedicine. For example, while members gain convenience and employers gain reduced absenteeism, care continuity may suffer as members would likely be connected with a physician that would not know their medical history like their family physician would. Nonetheless, many groups have started asking about and even implementing telemedicine options for the ease of their employees.

MedBen currently has a contract in place with the reputable telemedicine provider, TeleDoc. For more information on MedBen telemedicine offerings, contact Brian Fargus at 1-888-627-8683.