Virtual Appointments – Telemedicine

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How much does this cost?

The administrative charge is $150 per 15 minute appointment time. This is the minimum charge. Anytime over this amount will be prorated every 5 minutes so you can request as much time as you think you will need.

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?

Possibly but you may still need to be seen. That is part of what Dr. Varkey will determine once you have discussed the issue. In that case, the office will make every effort to accommodate your appointment time requests to make it easier for you to get in and out.

Can a new patient be seen this way?

We strongly 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 via telemedicine appointments. That being said, if you are an out of town or international client, we will do our best to accommodate you.

What will be done during these visits?

Just like a regular office visit, Dr. Varkey will first review your medical history with you to make sure there are no changes that would affect her advice to you. Then she will advise and educate you. Finally, you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. We can electronically prescribe almost all prescriptions so you would not need to come in for that either.

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.

What do I do if I am interested in making an telemedicine appointment?

Just call our office or contact us through the website and we will arrange the appointment for you!