Online Medical Resources and Doctor Visits For Preppers
The pandemic has led to an increase in doctor’s visits and consultations via video call or chat. Medical offices that previously required in-person visits for straightforward matters are now encouraging virtual appointments.
It is also much easier to get a consultation and prescription entirely online, even if you don’t have a regular doctor. You can also get emergency refills of meds. This can be handy if you cannot get an appt with your regular doctor for some reason.
I wanted to share my experience using an online doctor service and provide fellow preppers with a good list of online resources for addressing medical issues online. I have included resources for both medical and mental health needs and sites that allow you to look up a lot of information on your own. If you are looking for a good site to buy a medical kit, I have listed a few for you to browse. Fish antibiotics are popular with preppers when no doctor is available. I have provided a list of sites that I have found to be reliable for fish antibiotics.
Telemedicine with Your Primary Doctors
The medical system is utilizing telemedicine for many visits that don’t require physical contact. There are many advantages to this for both patient and doctor. If you want to reduce the time spent at doctor’s offices and are comfortable using the webcam on your cell phone or comp, you can avoid at least some in-person visits and save a lot of time.
- Telemedicine appointments through your doctor are covered by insurance.
- No waiting rooms and excessive wait times. Sure your doc may be a little late for a medicine appt, but you can hang out in the privacy of your home rather than a medical facility.
- Reduced chance of catching any illness, including COVID-19.
- No commute
- Fewer appointments missed due to foul weather or hazardous road conditions.
I am currently 14 weeks pregnant. My next prenatal check-up is going to be done via telemedicine. We have a blood pressure cuff at home that is automatic and a few other basic medical instruments if necessary. Things like weight, blood pressure, belly size, and just generally checking in to see how I am doing are all possible via video call. This saves a decent drive and further reduces the risk of flu or COVID-19, both of which are extremely dangerous for pregnant women regardless of the overall high survival rate.
Online Visit Via Hey Doctor or Other Service
For those who have basic refill needs or need a prescription for a common health issue, real online doctors can help for a meager fee. I have used Hey Doctor. I was shocked at how fast you can get a consultation and prescription. Within an hour, I had what I needed. The prescription was sent to a local pharmacy, and we used the drive-thru. No going in stores. No contact with others. I just paid and received meds through a slot.
Hey Doctor does not take insurance, but you can use insurance to cover the cost of the meds they prescribe. You have to pay upfront for a visit. Costs vary based on the type of online visit you need. For example, it is $19 for basic refill visits for allergy meds but $39 for a urinary tract infection visit. Considering that generic antibiotics are very inexpensive at pharmacies, this means for around $50-$60 out of pocket; you can take care of your problem.
For women of childbearing age, online doctors can prescribe basic birth control methods that you can then have delivered to your home or pick them up at your pharmacy of choice.
FYI you have to take a pic of your photo ID to get a medical appointment online. I don’t think this is a big deal, but some people do not like submitting something online. It also prevents those under 18 from getting medications without parental permission.
- Visits are conducted via online chat. No video reacquired. You can use your cell phone, desktop, or tablet.
- Inexpensive. Some online services are cheaper than your insurance co-pay.
- Great for refills
- No contact
- Very private
- Prescriptions can be sent to mail order or local pharmacies.
Online docs can only prescribe certain meds and consult for limited conditions.
For some things, they can only provide a refill script originally issued from your regular doctor who provided a physical consultation. For example, you can get your blood pressure meds refilled, but you cannot get prescribed a different type or get an initial prescription online.
It is more likely that you are misdiagnosed.
An online doc can prescribe you antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, but they cannot test you to make sure that is the problem. If you have experienced this type of infection before then, you are probably right to assume that the same symptoms mean the same problem.
To reduce the odds of misdiagnosis in this case, you could check for UTI at home; you can buy test strips for very little money on Amazon. If you test positive, then you could utilize an online doctor service to get treatment without the time and hassle of a regular visit to your doctor.
Some sites do not take insurance.
Some online doctors, counselors, and therapists will accept insurance. This varies a lot so be sure to check before using any service. Often the fees for fast consultations are less than co-pays anyway.
Online Doctor Site Links
Counseling and Therapist Services
If you are having trouble with depression, relationships, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental issues, these sites will match you with a professional online counselor and therapist.
- Talkspace Online Therapy
- Faithful Counseling (Christian based therapy)
- Health Sapiens
- Teen Counseling
Always check for prescription discounts.
There are ways to make sure you pay the lowest price for your medications. GoodRx allows you to search for coupons by simply putting in the name of your medication. The service is free, and you may find that you pay a lot less for some meds. Any coupons that are found can be texted, printed, or emailed and shown to your pharmacist.
Good Places To Buy Medical Kits Online
I have found that even excellent medical kits often need additional products added. Never assume that your kit is complete on arrival. Different people have specific medical needs that should not be ignored. Carefully read over the contents of a medical kit before you buy. Please make a list of additional items and medications you need and purchase them as soon as possible.
Here are some good places to look for a base medical kit. Many preppers have multiple kits because they keep one in their car, home, business, tractor, etc.
Survival Frog- This company has a good variety of kits, including trauma kits. They even have kits made specifically for your dog. For a good base kit for your family, check out the Sportsman 400 Kit.
Amazon– I know some people are trying to avoid Amazon, but they do have a good selection of kits, and returns are easy if you need one. For a small kit, you can fit it in a purse or pack. I like the First-Aid Only 299 piece kit. Just add some Benedryl and a few packets of blood stop, and you got a really nice little kit for not much money.
MyMedic– This company sells medical kits. The selection is extensive and affordable. They often have sales and coupon codes for great savings.
Doom and Bloom Medical– Many of you may already be familiar with Dr. Joe Alton and his wife, Nurse Amy Alton. Besides authoring one of the best survival medicine handbooks out there, they design and sell medical kits. Check out their site for a ton of survival medicine articles and take a look at their kits.
Online Sales of Fish Antibiotics
These are labeled for fish, not humans. I highly recommend purchasing a copy of “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease,” so you can determine which antibiotic to use and the dosage.
Sites For Medical Info
- Doom and Bloom Medical
- Poison Control Center
- Mayo Clinic
- MedLine Plus
- John Hopkins
- Daily Med
Peer-Reviewed Research Sites
The following sites offer a wide variety of professional studies you can take a look at. I found these sites useful during the pandemic because you can access actual studies that are often not discussed in the media.
Online medicine has many advantages. It can save time and money when dealing with basic conditions and check-ups. At the same time, you need to use online doctor visits wisely. Some conditions really need to be treated in person. If you get treated online and don’t improve or experience additional symptoms, you should get an in-person appointment or go to a walk-in clinic.