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NOW UHA MEMBERS CAN SEE A DOCTOR ONLINE WITH A TELEMEDICINE VISIT

NOW UHA MEMBERS CAN SEE A DOCTOR ONLINE WITH A TELEMEDICINE VISIT

June 12, 2017 – DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers has joined UHA Health Insurance’s provider network, giving UHA members the opportunity to now see a doctor from the comfort of their home or place of work. DOCNow is Hawai‘i’s leader in convenient, affordable, and quality telemedicine and offers Hawai‘i residents the ability to see a Hawai‘i-licensed, Hawai‘i-located physician 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. via smartphone, tablet or computer.

“We’re really excited to offer our over 56,000 members a more convenient way to access medical care,” said Howard Lee, president and CEO of UHA. “With the growing population and declining number of primary care doctors statewide, we are pleased to welcome DOCNow as our initial provider of telemedicine services. This is a great benefit for members — especially those on the neighbor islands — with medical problems that could easily be diagnosed and handled with a telemedicine appointment.”

From scrapes, sunburns, respiratory infections, urinary infections, and the common cold to convenient prescription refills and replacements, DOCNow is able to treat a wide range of minor and common illnesses in patients of all ages.

“Our new partnership with UHA represents a breakthrough in giving the community unprecedented access to the highest quality medical care,” said Dr. Jim Barahal, co-founder of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers.  “UHA has always been one of the biggest supporters of Hawai‘i providers and their willingness to partner with DOCNow confirms their mission to provide the best care and increased access for their members.”

UHA offers Hawai‘i employers, from small family businesses to large groups spanning multiple locations, access to a full range of health plans. “Telemedicine visits will be covered the exact same way that a traditional office visit would be,” said Lee.

To sign up, UHA members visit DocNowHawaii.com and create a free account using the service key DOCNOW. Once the member completes the simple signup process, care is just a click away.

About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai‘i residents convenient access to Hawai‘i licensed and Hawai‘i located providers anywhere. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawai‘i’s leader in telemedicine. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow virtual healthcare center locations, visit DocNowHawaii.com

About UHA Health Insurance

UHA was founded as University Health Alliance in 1996 by a group of physician faculty at University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. UHA provides medical, drug and vision plans to more than 4,700 Hawai‘i employer groups and over 56,000 members. As the only health plan in Hawai‘i founded by physicians, it was the first to offer preventive and wellness care focused health plans in the state, and now offers the largest physician and provider network in Hawai‘i. By meeting strict quality standards to ensure clinically sound decision-making that respects the rights of patients and medical providers, UHA received accreditation in Health Utilization Management through URAC, the independent non-profit that promotes healthcare quality. For information, visit uhahealth.com or follow @uhahealth on Twitter.

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See a Doctor NOW at KTA Super Stores

See a Doctor NOW at KTA Super Stores

KTA Super Stores and DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, Hawai’i’s leader in convenient, affordable, and quality telemedicine recently launched the virtual clinics of the future at KTA Supers Stores Puainako – Hilo, Waimea, Keauhou and Waikoloa Village locations on Hawai’i island. DOCNow offers convenient telemedicine visits during KTA Pharmacies regular business hours, and through their website 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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THE DOCTOR WILL TREAT YOU NOW AT THE ROYAL KONA RESORT’S FRONT DESK

THE DOCTOR WILL TREAT YOU NOW AT THE ROYAL KONA RESORT’S FRONT DESK

Royal Kona Resort has partnered with DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, Hawai‘i’s leader in convenient, affordable, and quality telemedicine, to announce that they will now provide guests with the opportunity to see a doctor from the comfort of their hotel room, lobby, or the poolside bar. DOCNow will offer convenient telemedicine visits 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from an iPad at the Royal Kona’s front desk.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide our guests with the ability to get care right at our hotel,” said Tom Bell, President of Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts. “Providing guests with the best experience, food, and amenities to ensure they have a memorable Hawai‘i vacation has always been our top priority. It’s a natural extension of our mission to offer our guests immediate access to quality care instead of allowing them to lose any of their valuable vacation time waiting in the lobby of an urgent care clinic.”

From scrapes, sunburns, respiratory infections, urinary infections and the common cold to convenient prescription refills and replacements, DOCNow treats a wide range of minor and common illnesses in patients of all ages.

“Our service saves people’s vacations by letting them see a Hawai‘i-licensed, Hawai‘i-located doctor for a variety of common conditions, from essentially anywhere, over their smartphone, computer, or tablet,” said Dr. Norman Estin, co-founder of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers. “Many visitors forget to pack their prescription drugs, like birth control or cholesterol medicine. Or they get sick and find themselves in need of medication and a doctor’s note excusing them from that expensive helicopter trip they booked. Being able to get medical care with a quick online doctor’s visit not only saves them valuable vacation time, it can also save them a lot of money.”

DOCNow accepts most local insurance, including HMSA/Blue Cross, UHA, HMA, Kaiser Choice PPO and HMAA. For those guests who do not have insurance, DOCNow accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover The cost of a virtual visit: just $49.

The next time a visitor to Kona comes down with a case of the sniffles, they’re encouraged to stop by DOCNow’s Virtual Healthcare Clinics at the Royal Kona front desk and get expert care from Hawaii’s most trusted team of Doctors.

About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai‘i residents convenient access to the best medical care at their Virtual Healthcare Clinics as well as from the comfort of the patient’s home or workplace. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawaii’s leader in telemedicine for residents and visitors. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow locations, visit their website at http://DocNowHawaii.com    

About Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts

A subsidiary of Pleasant Travel Service, a family-owned and operated company, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts (HH&R) has owned and managed the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui since 1982 and the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island since 1984. To see why they’ve been recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Hawai‘i, and one of the top hotels, visit them at http://www.hawaiihotels.com/

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docnow…yes, the doctor will really see you now!

docnow…yes, the doctor will really see you now!

see a doctor onlineWe recently had a chance to sit down with Dr. Norm Estin, Medical Director of DOCNOW to learn about a new medical service on Maui which puts your guests in immediate two-way video contact with an urgent care doctor right over a laptop, tablet, or phone. Many of you may know Dr. Estin from his 30 years of work as Medical Director of the Doctors On Call Urgent Care locations on the West Side.

TMC: Tell us about this new service for Maui’s visitors. How did you come up with the idea?

Dr. Estin: We see so many visitors and residents in our Doctors On Call offices that have easy problems to solve. Many can be helped with quick simple advice and a prescription, something that really doesn’t need a visit to the office.

TMC: That makes sense, guests often have easy to fix problems and they spend a whole day or more waiting for an appointment, at the pharmacy, losing valuable vacation time. It can take hours.

Dr. Estin: You’re right! I compare it to a coffee-to-go. Let’s say you just want a cup of coffee, and you don’t have all day. Why should you have to go to a restaurant, make a reservation, wait in line, then have to read a menu or listen to a waiter and the specials of the day just to get that cup of coffee to go? It doesn’t make sense. Let’s say you need a simple prescription, or have a common problem like a sore throat or UTI or allergy flare up or a rash. Why should you have to be sent to doctors office, wait for who-knows-how-long in a room with sick, coughing strangers, go through a whole exam, just to pay a huge amount and then have to go to the pharmacy anyway?

TMC: So you are offering a quick and easy doctors visit.

Dr. Estin: Yes. It’s a secure 2-way private video chat, that is HIPAA compliant. You’re face-to-face with the doctor, and then you’re off to get better and enjoy Maui.

TMC: Who are your doctors?

Dr. Estin: They are the exact same Urgent Care and Family Medicine physicians and PAs that staff our offices. I see patients on-line with DOCNow myself. I can see someone and help them out in just a couple of minutes, and they are in the comfort and privacy of their hotel or condo. We often have people just hop on their iPhone from a hotel lobby or even a pharmacy to connect quickly. As a matter of fact, many pharmacies are recommending us. Of course, we can’t take care of every medical problem this way; many times patients have to come in or be seen in an office to be evaluated and we tell them that. But a lot can be done with a simple telemedicine check like this.

TMC: How about the paperwork / insurance?

Dr. Estin: The on-line registration is simple. An email address, a password, a bit of demographic info, etc. It is as real as an in-office visit, with a secure medical record, and medical insurance accepts it completely as well.

TMC: What types of medical insurance?

Dr. Estin: The DOCNOW VideoVisit is covered by HMSA, UHA, HMA, HMAA, or mainland BlueCross/BlueShield. Or if someone doesn’t have an insurance we can take, it is only $49 for the video visit.

TMC: How do you keep it so affordable?

Dr. Estin: We set the price low so that people can easily see a Hawai‘i doctor who understands typical local problems, knows the pharmacies, and can refer the patient to the right office, specialist, or even hospital ER if it’s not something that can be treated over the VideoVisit. We are open from 8am-9pm, everyday, 365 days a year.

TMC: How can concierge and guest service professionals use your service?

Dr. Estin: They can now offer an easy solution to common problems that can save a guest’s vacation. For instance, many guests are reluctant to book boat trips, dinner cruises, or helicopter tours for fear of motion sickness; we can prescribe in a few minutes the Transderm patch which works much better than pills or wristbands, and the problem is solved. Or we can easily diagnose and treat almost all skin rashes and problems (we can SEE them with the video!) and help get that guest back in the water. Many Canadian visitors are also used to getting over-the-counter medicine that require a prescription here. DOCNow can help. Visit our webpage to see a list of example cases.

TMC: What equipment does a guest need?

Dr. Estin: Any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone and a wifi connection. That’s all! All the info and details and FAQs are on our website, DOCNowHawaii.com.

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3 Reasons Why To Pick A Hawaii Licensed and Hawaii Located Doctor For Telemedicine In The State

3 Reasons Why To Pick A Hawaii Licensed and Hawaii Located Doctor For Telemedicine In The State

1. Telemedicine Can Easily Treat Many Common Conditions

Many large telemedicine providers offer online care services to people living or visiting Hawaii, but more often than not those physicians are not physically located in Hawaii. Access to a doctor that resides in the state is especially important because there are many specific conditions and illnesses that are far more common in Hawaii than on the mainland. Evolving over 70 million years ago in nearly complete isolation, more than 90% of the State’s native flora is found only in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii is home to plants, animals, and foods that either do not exist elsewhere in the world or are extremely rare. For example, if a visitor hiking Hawaii Volcano National Park touched a nettles plant and then experienced an allergic reaction on their skin, a mainland doctor might easily conclude it was a bug bite, heat rash, or other topical problem.

Incorrectly diagnosing the problem can lead to additional healthcare problems for the patient including fever, the rash spreading, or even more serious illnesses and staff infections. Seeing a Hawaii located doctor online can increase the likelihood of a correct diagnosis because the doctor is more likely to be aware of skin conditions brought on by indigenous species.

2. Understanding The Lingo

Many local residents speak Pidgin, a special dialect of English that originated on Hawaii’s sugarcane plantations. Examples, “Shoots brah we go cruise when you pau hana,” which means “Let’s hang out when you’re off work.” Or, “Ho deez grinds is broke da mout,” which means “This food tastes delicious.” A doctor who doesn’t live in Hawaii could easily misunderstand what the patient was saying, which could create problems with diagnosing the patient’s medical condition. Picking a Hawaii licensed, Hawaii located doctor ensures that the patient and doctor are literally speaking the same language. This increases the likelihood of a correct diagnosis at the earliest stages.

3. Location Location Location

Finally, seeing a Hawaii located doctor online can help with prescription fulfillment or future care needs for the patient. After a telemedicine appointment concludes the doctor will ask the patient which pharmacy they’d like to pick up medications from. In Hawaii, many streets have Hawaiian names that are difficult for a doctor not living in Hawaii to spell or identify because they sound very similar, ex. Waipio verses Waipahu. A Hawaii located doctor will quickly be able to identify where the closest pharmacy to the patient is located ensure that the medicine arrives there as fast as possible. In addition to pharmacy locations, if the physician determines that the patient may require in-person medical care, they can recommend a local Primary Care Physician, Specialist, or the closest urgent care for follow-up. For critical situations, a Hawaii located physician can recommend the local hospital best equipped to address the patient’s medical conditions.

For immediate diagnosis and treatment, having access to a doctor from everywhere you happen to be via telemedicine offers potentially life-saving benefits. But whether you live in or travel through Hawaii, you do not have to settle for a doctor who could be anywhere when you can access a Hawaii located physician.

DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers is Hawaii’s Leader In Telemedicine. Now you can see a Hawaii licensed, Hawaii located doctor online from the comfort of your computer, tablet or smart phone 365 days a year from 8 a.m – 9 p.m. Get Urgent Care when you need it, where you need it. Get diagnosed, treated and prescriptions sent to any pharmacy of your choice from Hawaii’s leader in Telemedicine for Residents and Visitors. To learn more call 808-876-0000 or visit DocNowHawaii.com

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The Doctor Will See You Now at KTA Super Stores

The Doctor Will See You Now at KTA Super Stores

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KTA Super Stores and DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, Hawai’i’s leader in convenient, affordable, and quality telemedicine, announced today that they have launched the virtual clinics of the future at KTA Supers Stores Puainako – Hilo, Waimea, Keauhou and Waikoloa Village locations on Hawai’i island. DOCNow offers convenient telemedicine visits during KTA Pharmacies regular business hours, and through their http://DocNowHawaii.com website 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Today’s supermarkets have expanded from places where shoppers went to pick up groceries to become one-stop-shopping destinations for everything from produce to prescriptions. “KTA Super Stores couldn’t be happier to welcome DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers and be able to offer our customers on-site access to medical care,” said Toby Taniguchi, President, “Our mission is to do our best at fulfilling the food, household and health care need of Big Islanders, so this is a very healthy fit.”

According to Dr. Norman Estin, co-founder of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, “Our new partnership with KTA Super Stores represents a breakthrough in giving the community unprecedented access, in conjunction with their pharmacy, to the highest quality medical care. Our telemedicine physicians are all Hawaii licensed and located, and can treat patients on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Once the appointment concludes our physicians can easily send in the customer’s prescription to any KTA Pharmacy location for convenient on-site pickup.”

From scrapes, sunburns, respiratory infections, urinary infections and common cold to prescription refills, DOCNow can treat a wide range of minor and common illnesses in patients of all ages.

According to Dr. Estin, DOCNow is not only convenient when it comes to access and treatment, it costs the same or less than a traditional office visit. DOCNow accepts most local insurance, including HMSA/Blue Cross, UHA, HMA, Kaiser Choice PPO and HMAA. No insurance? No problem. DOCNow accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover – and at introductory price of only $49.

The next time you’re strolling through the produce aisles at KTA Super Stores with a case of the sniffles, stop by DOCNow’s Virtual Healthcare Clinics and get expert care from Hawaii’s most trusted team of Doctors.

About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai’i residents convenient access to the best medical care at their Virtual Healthcare Clinics as well as from the comfort of the patient’s home or workplace statewide. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawaii’s leader in telemedicine for residents and visitors. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow virtual healthcare locations, visit their website at http://DocNowHawaii.com

About KTA Super Stores

KTA Super Stores started in 1916, as a modest 500 square-foot grocery and dry goods store, by Koichi & Taniyo Taniguchi. Since then and for over 100 years, KTA has grown to a six (6) store chain, serving the residents of Hawai’i island.

For information on KTA Super Stores locations and services, visit their website at http://ktasuperstores.com.

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THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW AT TIMES MARKET PHARMACY

THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW AT TIMES MARKET PHARMACY

September 1st, 2016 – Times Supermarkets and DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, Hawai‘i’s leader in convenient, affordable, and quality telemedicine, announced today that they have launched the virtual clinics of the future at Times Supermarket in Kailua, and Times Royal Kunia Supermarket on Oahu. DOCNow offers convenient telemedicine visits during Times Markets’ regular business hours, and through their doctorsoncallnow.com website from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Today’s supermarkets have expanded from places where shoppers went to pick up groceries to become one-stop-shopping destinations for everything from produce to prescription pharmacies. “Times Supermarkets couldn’t be happier to welcome DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers into two of our 24 locations,” said Catalina Cross, PhD. Director of Pharmacy, “We have always believed in providing our shoppers with the best in products, service, and convenience, so this is a very healthy fit.”

for-webAccording to Dr. Norman Estin, co-founder of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers, “Our new partnership with Times Supermarkets represents a breakthrough in giving the community unprecedented access, in conjunction with their pharmacy, to the highest quality medical care. Our telemedicine physicians are all Hawaii licensed and located, and can treat patients on their computer, tablet or mobile device.”

From respiratory infections, urinary infections and rashes to prescription refills, DOCNow can treat a wide range of minor and common illnesses in patients of all ages.

According to Dr. Estin, DOCNow is not only convenient when it comes to access and treatment, it costs the same or less than a traditional office visit. DOCNow accepts most local insurance, including HMSA/Blue Cross, UHA, HMA, and HMAA. No insurance? No problem. DOCNow accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover – and at introductory price of only $49.

The next time you’re strolling through the produce aisle at Times Supermarkets with a case of the sniffles, stop by DOCNow’s Virtual Healthcare Clinics and get expert care from Hawaii’s most trusted team of Doctors.

About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai‘i residents convenient access to the best medical care at their Virtual Healthcare Clinics as well as from the comfort of the patient’s home or workplace statewide. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawaii’s leader in telemedicine for residents and visitors. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow locations, visit their website at http://DocNowHawaii.com

About Times Pharmacy

Times Pharmacy first opened in 1984 in the Liliha Times Supermarket location. Today, Times Pharmacy operates 13 full service pharmacies located within Times Supermarket stores on Oahu and Maui. Times Pharmacy provides patient-centered care services including 24/7 phone and on-line refills, home and mail delivery service, on-site immunizations, and Diabetes education. Times Pharmacy is a sponsor of many community events including health fairs, drug take-back events, and the Diabetes Kids Day Camp. For information on Times Pharmacy locations and services, visit their website at http://timespharmacy.com/

 

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NOW IT’S EVEN EASIER TO GET YOUR HEPATITIS A VACCINATION

NOW IT’S EVEN EASIER TO GET YOUR HEPATITIS A VACCINATION

August 19th, 2016 – DOCNow is a new telemedicine service that offers Hawaii residents the option to see a Hawaii based doctor online, 365 days a year from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone.

“With the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A we are making our convenient telemedicine services available for those residents who feel they would benefit from a vaccination or would like to speak about any concerns they might have with a Hawaii physician,” said Dr. Jim Barahal co-founder and CEO of DOCNow Virtual Healthcare Centers.

Residents can easily get a prescription from DOCNow and then select a pharmacy near them to receive their immunization.

“We have been administering a lot of shots over the past few weeks,” said Catalina Cross, Director of Pharmacy for Times Supermarket. “We are doing our best to work with physicians to obtain Hepatitis A prescriptions for their patients. We see a great opportunity for DOCNow to assist patients who do not have a Primary Physician.”

DOCNow accepts all local insurance including HMSA/Blue Cross, UHA, HMA, and HMAA. No insurance? No problem. DOCNow accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover – and a visit is just $49.

“To make it even more affordable for Hawaii residences during this time of need we’re also offering the first visit free of charge for those who might not have insurance,” said Dr. Barahal, “The most important thing is that if you’re worried, don’t wait, at DOCNow you can get the care you need now.”

For people who want to get a Hepatitis immunization prescription DOCNow is open daily from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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About DOCNow

DOCNow was founded in early 2016 by Dr. Jim Barahal and Dr. Norman Estin to give Hawai‘i residents convenient access to the best medical care at their Virtual Healthcare Clinics as well as from the comfort the patient’s home statewide. An American Telemedicine Association startup member, DOCNow is Hawaii’s leader in telemedicine for residents and visitors. For more information and a complete list of all DOCNow locations, visit their website at doctorsoncallnow.com.

About Times Pharmacy

Times Pharmacy first opened in 1984 in the Liliha Times Supermarket location. Today, Times Pharmacy operates 13 full service pharmacies located within Times Supermarket stores on Oahu and Maui. Times Pharmacy provides patient-centered care services including 24/7 phone and on-line refills, home and mail delivery service, on-site immunizations, and Diabetes education. Times Pharmacy is a sponsor of many community events including health fairs, drug take-back events, and the Diabetes Kids Day Camp. For information on Times Pharmacy locations and services, visit their website at http://timespharmacy.com/

 

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5 Tips for Finding The Best Urgent Care While On Vacation In Hawaii

5 Tips for Finding The Best Urgent Care While On Vacation In Hawaii

The last thing anyone wants to do while on vacation in Hawaii is get sick or injured, but it’s better to be prepared than sorry. Planning ahead can not only help you get the care you need, it can help you save your vacation. Here are 5 tips to help you find the best urgent care on the islands.

  1. Know What Type Of Care You Need

The faster you can identify the type of care you need the better. For people with chronic conditions or recurring medical needs such as a urinary tract infection diagnosis and treatment it’s easy to find at the closest medical facility. For people experiencing an ailment for the first time  it can be more challenging to determine whether an urgent care center or hospital is the best place to seek treatment. In most instances your closest urgent care center can help you get fast, affordable care including filling a prescription, treating common ailments, rashes, allergic reactions, minor sprains, or other minor non-life threatening problems. 

  1. Make It Convenient

To minimize time spent sitting in a waiting room and get back to your Hawaii vacation as soon as possible, choose a location that is close to your hotel, condo, or rental property. Do a quick search online for “nearest urgent care”.

  1. Ask The Hotel Or Concierge

 Your hotel or timeshare concierge are a great place to start your urgent care search. They deal with hundreds of visitors and all sorts of medical conditions on a daily bases and have relationships with the closest urgent care centers. As soon as you determine you need care, make your concierge the first stop on your journey to feeling better.

  1. Do Some Research

Once you have a few urgent care locations in mind, go online and read about experiences other visitors have had. Check sites like Yelp, Google Places, Facebook and the urgent care centers’ websites for customer testimonials and star ratings. Picking a location that has good reviews and clinic pictures will help you reduce anxiety, make a more informed healthcare decision, and result in a better overall urgent care experience.

  1. Consider Telemedicine

For those visitors who are staying in remote locations, or have a problem that can be easily diagnosed over the Internet, like a jellyfish sting, consider telemedicine. The ability to see a doctor from the convenience of your mobile device, tablet, or laptop can help you save a great deal of time. Typically, when you walk into a clinic you have to wait in line, but with a telemedicine visit you can either schedule an appointment with the doctor when it’s convenient for you or enter a virtual waiting room. After the online visit the physician can quickly call in your prescription to the nearest Hawaii pharmacy so you can go back to enjoying your vacation.

 

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3 Tips For Picking The Right Hawaii Urgent Care Center

3 Tips For Picking The Right Hawaii Urgent Care Center

When traveling in Hawaii, it’s very common to find yourself with an unforeseen injury such as a jellyfish sting, coral scrap, sunburn or even the common cold. Picking the right urgent care center can not only help you get the care you need, it can help you save your vacation. Here are 3 tips on picking the right Hawaii urgent care center.

  1. Finding The Right Match

Finding the right place for your medical needs is much like finding the right primary care doctor. Feeling comfortable with your physician is a critical step in choosing the right Hawaii Urgent Care Center. Before you walk in the door, call and ask if you can speak to an available physician. Ask him or her questions about how they handle medical conditions, i.e. do they have a more traditional approach, or do they prefer alternative treatment options? Once you feel comfortable with their style of care, you’ll feel more confident that you’re choosing the right medical provider.  Our doctors do not take phone calls please remove this statement 

  1. Accessibility

Hawaii has many remote areas that are popular vacation destinations but far from the commercial hubs where urgent care centers are located. In many instances finding a local Hawaii urgent care option that offers telemedicine visits is the best option for accessible medical care. Having the ability to see your physician from your computer, tablet, or mobile device can save you time and help you quickly decide whether you need to make a trip into an urgent care center or hospital.

  1. Affordability

While searching for the right urgent care center in Hawaii it’s important to ask about payment and coverage options. Many Hawaii care centers offer only local insurance coverage which can result in a higher out –of-pocket cost for visitors. Calling and asking about coverage before you show up can save you time and money. No insurance? Don’t worry, most urgent care centers offer a rate for people without insurance — but you’ll want to know up front what those costs are so you can make the most informed healthcare decision.  Please remove the statement about calling we cannot answer coverage questions over the phone.  You can state what insurances we accept here however we do not know the details regarding copays, coinsurance, deductible and cost shares until they are registered and we run eligibility.

 

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