I have lots of stuff I want to share with you, including this funny video that my family BURST out laughing at several weeks ago when we were watching a news wrap-up about FIFA President, Blatter. It’s funny because I had literally just said to Lazy Dad, “is his last name Bladder?” And then the reporter said that! AHAHAHA! We all laughed so hard!
But before I get to all the happenings of our recent life, I wanted to take a quick moment to tell you about a benefits card that you might want to know about!
(I know… weird transition. You should see me transition from the end of worship to announcements on a Sunday morning! It’s like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get!)
So, now that our family is an RVing family, Lazy Dad and I have decided to join the ranks of people that are benefiting from having an online doctor as well as our regular doctor at home. Have you heard of this? It’s pretty cool!
We purchased a benefits card from thebenefitcards.com for just $9.97 a month (plus a one time $3.95 application fee) and we now have access to a licensed doctor on-call at the touch of our cell phone’s button via the Teladoc app!
Seriously, how cool is that?
My brother and his family have been using this same online doctor’s service for a few years now. Their school district provided them with this benefit because it allows their teachers to stay at work and not miss for routine doctor’s appointments. Pretty brilliant! (Ask me how you can provide this for your employees!)
They love using this online doctor’s service for their family and used it just as recently as last week for some stuffy ears. My sister-in-law says she loves it because you can use it on holidays or when you are out of town.
Like I said above, we wanted an online doctor’s service because of all the traveling we do, but it’s also great for another reason… have you noticed how hard it is to get into your doctor’s office lately? Good grief! It seems like we can hardly ever get in right away!
I also love the idea of having access to a doctor 24/7 because it’s so much cheaper! For $9.97 a month (that you can cancel at any time!), my immediate family can talk to a doctor (they have an average 10 minute turn-around time) without having to pay an additional fee or take hours to wait in a waiting room!
Having access to a doctor is perfect for many reasons, but here’s my top 5:
5. Great for when you are traveling.
4. Holidays. No closed offices!
3. Routine appointments that you don’t want to pay a co-pay for.
2. Avoiding an office visit to get a prescription.
And my number 1 reason?….
1. When kids get sick on Friday or the weekend. (Can I get an amen?)
This is for real, y’all, and we’re happy to jump on board! There was this one time my family was in Orlando and my daughter and Lazy Dad BOTH had to go in to an urgent care on separate nights to get an ear infection and a bad sore throat looked at! That cost me an arm and a leg, and we were on vacation! Both of those things are something that we could have seen an online doctor for for WAAAY cheaper and received a prescription if necessary!
Not only that, but thebenefitcards.com also has many other benefits! Discounts on MRI scans, pharmacy and dental, just to name a few.
AND, if you get the Health Savings Plus Card for just $14.97 a month, you can get even more benefits! Like discount chiropractic and vitamins, etc!
If this is something YOUR family would be interested in, please visit thebenefitcards.com and check out the benefits for yourself! (You can click on each benefit to learn more.)
If you want to register, I do have an affiliate code you will have to use. You won’t be able to register without a code, as that’s how it works. Our code is: JSP1 (And remember, you pay month-to-month and can cancel at any time!)
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me! I’d love to help get you the answers you need to make a decision if this benefits card is right for you!
Love and good health,
The Lazy Mom
Edited to tell you about our first experience using Teladoc: our family used the Teladoc app just today (July 11, 2015) for the first time. My son (who has allergies) was complaining about something in his nose hurting for the last two weeks. I decided that since it wasn’t going away, we should probably see a doctor. I logged in to the Teladoc app, requested a consult for him, filled out a preliminary form where you can include more information and even a picture, selected whether I wanted a video or phone call consultation and selected what time we wanted our consult to begin. I also chose to have a reminder texted to me 10 minutes ahead of time. Pretty simple!
Our consult was at 3:00pm. They sent me the text reminder 10 min ahead of time (very handy, as I had been busy and forgot about it). I logged in through the app 4 minutes before 3:00. The doctor was on the call at 3:01. My son described symptoms and the Dr. told us what it was and sent a prescription to our preferred pharmacy (you set it in the app). We were off the call at 3:06. Bing, bang, boom! That was easy!!!
AND, this only cost me $9.97 (for my benefits card) instead of $100 for a regular doctor’s office visit that would have taken up at least an hours worth of my time, that we couldn’t even have scheduled till Monday morning when their office opens (because we did all of this on a Saturday)!
First impression? AWESOME!
Disclosure: My family has registered in thebenefitcards.com as users. We pay $9.97 a month, just like other users to have the benefits. We do have an affiliate code that gives us a monthly perk of a percentage back on new registrations. Ask me how you can be an affiliate, too!
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