Virtual Appointments – Telemedicine
How much does this cost?
Many insurers are now covering these appointments, so you will only pay towards your copay or deductibles. If it is not covered, the administrative charge is $250 per 30 minute appointment time.
Are you too busy to drive in for an appointment?
Do you accept insurance for these visits?
Many insurers are now covering these visits since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Please free to call your insurer and make sure nothing has changed in that regard before you book the appointment.
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?
If possible, we recommend that you come in for the first visit. This will give Dr. Varkey the opportunity to get to know you and to have a thorough exam done prior to making healthcare decisions. That being said, if you prefer to meet Dr. Varkey remotely first, we are more than happy to accommodate you.
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.