At one time or another, every parent will experience one of those never-ending nights caring for a sick child. While caring for sick kids is never easy, you no longer have to agonize over a high fever or weird rash in the middle of the night—or those times when you just can’t get out of the house—all thanks to new virtual doctor’s appointments at CVS.

CVS MinuteClinic has introduced a new virtual care feature. Patients can now treat minor illnesses and injuries and receive wellness care without leaving the house. MinuteClinic Video Visits offer telehealth care—or care via video chat—24 hours a day, seven days a week via your mobile device.

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A video visit can be used to treat anyone two years and older for a minor illness, minor injury, or a skin condition. After a short questionnaire including health history, you will be paired with a board-certified health care provider licensed in your state. The health-care provider will then assess your condition and decide on the best treatment. If that includes prescription medication, it will be sent to your preferred pharmacy. The provider will also determine if you need to be seen in-person for further treatment.

The current cost of a MinuteClinic Video visit is $59, which can be paid via credit or debit card, but CVS expects insurance coverage to be added to the service soon.

As of now the service is available in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington D.C. With the introduction of Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont, there are now 16 states where you can access teleheath care via video.

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According to Chief Medical Officer, CVS MinuteClinic and Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health, Marc-David Munk, MD, MPH, MHCM,  “At CVS Health, we’re committed to delivering high-quality care when and where our patients need it and at prices they can afford. This new MinuteClinic service offers even more patients access to an innovative, on-demand health care option right from their cell phone.” CVS MinuteClinic Video Visits will roll out nationwide by the end of the year.

—Shahrzad Warkentin & Erica Loop

 

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