FLINT — When you’re sick or have a minor injury, it isn’t always convenient to get dressed, drive to a walk-in clinic, wait to be seen, and deal with insurance on the way out. McLaren Health Care has introduced a solution that can connect you with a virtual doctor visit from anywhere, at any time.
McLarenNow is a new program that allows consumers to see a board-certified physician through their smart phone, tablet, or computer (with web cam) without an appointment. Simply open the McLarenNow app or visit the webpage at mclarennow.org and follow the simple prompts to get connected. The service is available for minor illnesses and injuries, and, if appropriate, medications can also be prescribed. Patients can see and hear the doctor via live video and use a webcam or camera on their device to talk to the doctor directly, all while in the comfort of their home.
Common conditions that can be treated through McLarenNow are back strain, cough and cold, ear pain, headaches, pink eye, rash, sore throat, sinus problems, and flu symptoms. McLarenNow should not be used for emergencies. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all Michigan residents age 2 or older. You do not need to be a McLaren patient to use this convenient service.
With McLarenNow, you skip having to deal with insurance information. Instead, there is a simple $49 fee for each visit. Medicare and private insurances cannot be billed through McLarenNow services. If you need lab orders or other diagnostic testing, you may be referred to a primary care physician, and may still be responsible for the cost of the McLarenNow visit.
In a recent consumer survey conducted by McLaren, 85 percent of people polled said they believe access to telehealth would be beneficial for their care. McLaren is proud to be able to offer this new service to residents throughout Michigan.
To learn more about how to access the McLarenNow telehealth service, visit mclarennow.org. — G.G.