Virtual Appointments – Telemedicine
How much does this cost?
Are you too busy to drive in for an appointment?
Do you simply need a consult and Dr. Varkey’s undivided attention for 15-30minutes? We are now offering telemedicine appointments at specified times each week for a fee. These appointments are catered to the busy professional woman who may not be able to take half a day off to drive in, wait, and see Dr. Varkey in person.
Do you accept insurance for these visits?
No, we do not. We charge an administrative fee for the time spent via Facetime or Skype and do not bill the insurance company for these services.
What is an example of a visit that might be done via a virtual appointment?
Most counseling sessions could be done virtually. Basically, anything that does not require a hands on exam. Examples of such sessions include pre-conceptional counseling, pre-operative consults, contraception counseling, PMS, basic UTI or rashes to name a few. These appointments can also be used to determine whether a patient needs to be seen at all.
Does this mean I may not need to be seen at all for a specific problem?
Can a new patient be seen this way?
What will be done during these visits?
Why wouldn't I just call in?
Many patients call hoping to ask their questions and get advice over the phone. The problem is that unless there is a specified time where Dr. Varkey can provide her undivided attention to the patient and review their charts, she cannot properly and safely advise the patient and answer all questions thoroughly.