LANSING, Mich. — It’s flu season, and odds are you’ll know someone who battles the familiar illness this year. The Centers for Disease control says Michigan was one of 30 states that experienced widespread flu activity last season.
For some, the flu means a trip to the doctor’s office, which isn’t always convenient when you’re not feeling well. Thankfully, anyone living in Michigan has access a service that can help them see a board-certified physician from the comfort of their own home or anywhere else they may be.
The McLarenNow telehealth service uses a smart phone, tablet, or computer’s web cam to connect patients with a doctor who can help them with minor illnesses and injuries, and even prescribe medication if necessary. Patients can see and hear the physician directly through live video.
Common conditions that can be treated through McLarenNow include cough and cold, ear pain, headaches, pink eye, rash, sore throat, sinus problems, and flu symptoms. McLarenNow should not be used for emergencies.
McLarenNow is available 24/7 to Michigan residents age 2 or older. You do not need to be a current McLaren patient to use this convenient service.
With McLarenNow, patients do not have to have insurace. Instead, there is a simple $49 fee for each visit. Medicare and private insurances cannot be billed through McLarenNow services. If you need lab orders or other diagnostic testing, you may be referred to a primary care physician, and may still be responsible for the cost of the McLarenNow visit.
Getting stared is easy. Simply download the McLarenNow app from the iOS store on your Apple product or begin your virtual visit from any device at mclarennow.org.
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