Obviously, the biggest benefit of telemedicine is that it helps you save money on insurance. Let’s break down how these savings work in the context of a trip to the Emergency Room.
When you go to the ER, the average cost of treating non-emergency conditions is $2,032, which is $1,800 more than in primary care settings. By definition, non-emergency visits to the ER are avoidable. In fact, two-thirds of ER visits are avoidable, which adds up to $32 billion in unnecessary costs each year.
Some of the extra costs are courtesy of the hospital, and hospitals add an average of $1,069 to your medical costs. With telemedicine, you can avoid all of these costs and receive a professional diagnosis from the comfort of your own home.