Telemedicine, or online medical consultations have become an increasingly popular way to care for your health. This option allows you to consult a doctor and receive specialized attention from the comfort of your own home, anytime you need it.
To help you save time and money, SABEResPODER offers online medical services through PODERsalud. This medical membership is an alternative to traditional health insurance that allows you to access health care regardless of your immigration status.
You can learn more about what a Telemedicine service like PODERsalud can help with, and how to use it (in only a couple of easy steps) in this guide.
What is an Online Medical Consultation Service?
Online medical consultations allow patients to connect with doctors via phone, tablet, or computer. With these remote consultations, you can skip the visit to the medical center and speak to the doctor without ever leaving your home.
Typically, online medical consultations have a 10-15 minute wait to speak with a doctor. Once you do so, the doctor can diagnose most common issues and prescribe relevant medication, when needed.
PODERsalud offers online medical consultation services in English or Spanish, depending on your preference. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at no additional cost, since this service is included in your membership.
You can either choose to speak with a doctor using only audio, or via video conference. Allowing you to establish direct communication with our doctors and receive more personalized attention. If you do select video communication, it comes with the added benefit of facilitating the diagnosis since they allow your doctor to visualize some of the symptoms.
Keep in mind: With online medical service available any time of day, you can avoid the cost of an emergency room and long waits at a clinic. PODERsalud offers private consultations that are completely confidential.
Most Frequent Medical Consultations
With PODERsalud’s plan, you can schedule an appointment with general doctors and get the professional attention you need. The following conditions are among the most frequent issues that our doctors see:
Colds and flus
Colds and flus are common respiratory diseases. Because they are contagious and have similar symptoms, it’s important to speak with your doctor. This will ensure that you receive proper treatment and avoid spreading these viruses.
Respiratory infections affect the nose, throat, airways, and lungs. Since some are viral and others are bacterial, it’s important to speak with a doctor to verify what to do next. In particular, you should seek medical care if your symptoms last more than 10 days or include:
- Fever over 100.4°
- Coughing with blood
- Excessive exhaustion, dizziness, or confusion confusión
- Chest pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of voice
Bronchitis is a swelling of the bronchial tubes caused by a cold or respiratory infection. The following symptoms can be a sign of chronic bronchitis and could require medical care:
- A cough that lasts over 3 weeks
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fever over 100.4°
- Coughing with blood
- Wheezing cough
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
There are three types of conjunctivitis: viral, bacterial, and allergic. The symptoms are very similar and proper care requires medical diagnosis. In some cases, the doctor could prescribe antibiotics via eye drops, antihistamines, or compresses and treatment at home.
Common causes of chronic sinusitis include infections, nasal inflammation, and allergies. This condition causes discomfort such as headaches, fatigue, and even fever. Proper treatment for sinusitis depends on the cause and medical diagnosis.
Allergies are an excessive reaction of the immune system to environmental agents that may be harmless to others. Allergies are commonly caused by:
- Bug bites
If you suspect an allergic reaction, it’s recommended that you contact your doctor as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of your reaction, your doctor may recommend additional testing to prevent future complications.
These infections can affect any section of the urinary tract. This includes the kidneys, bladder, and urethra.
The most common symptoms of urinary infections include:
- Painful urination
- Burning sensation
- Frequent urination
- Urge to urinate on an empty bladder
- Blood in urine
- Pain and discomfort in the groin area
Some urinary infections can become severe and require antibiotic treatment to improve. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you have a history of recurrent infections.
Ear infections are common among children, swimmers, and those frequently exposed to water. Since they can originate in any part of the ear canal, they must be treated with antibiotics to ensure proper healing. That is why you should avoid using over the counter remedies and reach out to your doctor if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Fluid discharge
- Irritability due to pain
- Trouble sleeping
Poison ivy is a plant that causes allergic reactions on the skin. These could include swelling, redness, itchiness, and even blisters. Although you can treat mild irritations at home, some cases require medical care and prescription ointments.
How do I schedule my online consultation?
With PODERsalud, you can set up your medical appointments quickly and easily. Whether you want to call one of our bilingual agents or schedule your appointment online, PODERsalud offers reliable customer service and personalized attention to your medical needs.
Why choose an online doctor?
There are many reasons to choose an online doctor. Telemedicine is one of the most convenient ways to consult a physician without leaving your home, workplace, or any other location. It allows you to receive quality health care when you need it most.
Online medical consultations have the dual benefit of saving you money on medical care and helping you avoid traffic or long waits at the doctor’s office.
Your PODERsalud membership offers the following savings:
- Online consultations without additional cost
- 10% to 80% discounts on prescriptions
- Dental care with discounts of 15% to 50% per visit
- X-rays and image diagnostics at 40% or 75% less than average costs
- Between 10% and 80% savings in lab tests
- Supplies for diabetes tests with discounts of 10% to 50%
- Special pricing for hearing aids
Peace of Mind
PODERsalud’s affiliated doctors are certified and bilingual. For your convenience, you can request appointments in English or Spanish to help you communicate comfortably with your doctor.
Once having diagnosed you, the doctor can help guide you with medical tests (if appropriate) and next steps. Ensuring you experience the same thorough and proper care you could at an in-person medical visit.
When you or your children don’t feel well, visiting the doctor can be an unpleasant experience. With PODERsalud, you can consult a doctor and receive a diagnosis right from your bed. If the doctor prescribes medication, your membership offers discounts as well as free shipping right to your door.
If you need medical attention soon, our doctors are there to help. With just a call or a few clicks, you can receive medical services at any time of day. Our average response time is only 10 minutes!
The PODERsalud medical discount plan includes professionals with an average of 20 years of experience. We provide expert medical service in your language of choice, whether it’s Spanish or English.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I receive a prescription if I need medication?
If your doctor prescribes medication, you can use your PODERsalud membership to fill your prescription at any pharmacy and still receive discounts of 10-80%. We also offer free shipping right to your home.
Do I need to download an app or software?
To start using your PODERsalud benefits, you’ll need to download the My Benefits Work app on Android or iOS. With that app, you’ll be able to manage your account, request appointments, and communicate with our telemedicine team.
How often can I use this service?
PODERsalud offers unlimited medical services. You can schedule consultations as often as needed, without additional cost. And you’ll also receive discounts every time you use our other medical services.
Can I enroll my family?
At an affordable monthly payment of $16.95, PODERsalud includes you, your partner and any dependents under the age of 26.
Affordable medical services for our community
If you’re looking for affordable medical services, you’ll find it with PODERsalud. If you don’t qualify for traditional insurance, this is a good alternative to consider. Sign up today and start taking care of your health and the well-being of your family.