CVS offering 24-hour ‘virtual care’ on its app to treat minor illnesses

CVS announced on Aug. 8, 2018, that it will be offering "virtual health care" through its app. Patients can consult with physicians on minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs. [DEVIN RODRIGUEZ | Times]
CVS announced on Aug. 8, 2018, that it will be offering "virtual health care" through its app. Patients can consult with physicians on minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs. [DEVIN RODRIGUEZ | Times]
Published August 9
Updated August 9

Florida residents seeking treatment for minor health problems can now take advantage of a new, quick, virtual service from CVS Healthís MinuteClinic.

The new service, called MinuteClinic Video Visits, will provide patients with video access to health-care services at any time from their mobile device for $59, according to a news release.

Those seeking treatment for minor illnesses, minor injuries or skin conditions can use the video visit service to get quick access to a board-certified health-care provider.

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Patients must be at least 2 years of age.

A health questionnaire must be completed prior to being connected with the health care professional, who will then review it before starting the video-enabled visit.

According to the release, the health-care provider will assess the patientís condition and determine the appropriate treatment. When patients require a prescription as part of their treatment, the provider will submit a prescription to the patientís preferred pharmacy. If further follow-up care or testing is needed, the provider will recommend an in-person health-care provider in the area.

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These visits will be payable by credit card or debit, and these visits will be covered by insurance in the coming months, according to the release.

In addition to Florida, the service is available in nine state, including Arizona, California, Mississippi and Washington, D.C.

CVS expects the service to be available nationwide, where allowed, by the end of 2018, according to the release.

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