An apple a day, unfortunately, can’t always keep the doctor away, and at some point in our lives, we need a doctor. Since 2016, Statistics Canada has found that over 200,000 individuals in BC have no family doctor, utilizing walk-in clinics daily. I personally hate walk-in clinics – the smell, long waits, and travel inconveniences. Call me boujee but I’ve found an easier solution.
Welcome to the 21st century! You can now see a doctor in pajamas, in bed, while rocking messy bed hair. EQ Virtual telehealth is an online service where you can meet with a doctor or nurse practitioner remotely, with virtually no wait time. All you need is a good Internet connection and a cell phone, iPad or PC. Step-by-step instructions on their website make it easy for less tech-savvy individuals. BUT, if you need urgent medical attention, such as stitches, concussions, bleeding, or extreme pains, go to the ER.
Here are the 3 reasons you should consider EQ Virtual next time you’re sick:
REASON #1: IT IS ACCESSIBLE
You can access this service anywhere in Canada. All you need is a BC personal medical number (PHN) to register, which is located on your BCID or Care Card.
REASON #2: IT IS CONVENIENT
Forget waiting long hours in a stuffy medical room where Bob is hacking out his lung beside you. Now, you can work around your schedule. With flexible hours longer than walk-in clinics, you can book a time slot that works for you in the comfort of your own home.
REASON #3: THERE ARE HELPFUL DOCTORS
Hate when you wait 2 hours and see the doctor for 2 minutes or the “only 1 issue” kind of doctor? If you need more time with the doctor, just be clear when you fill out your appointment registration form. They’re also able to refer you to specialists, counsellors, and therapists.
I have to admit, it is awkward webcamming a doctor while looking like you’ve been hit by a typhoon. But the whole process is quick (about 15-30 mins), and the doctors are non-judgemental, thorough, and attentive. Medication is often prescribed and the prescription is sent to your nearest pharmacy for easy pick-up. You can follow-up anytime if you have concerns. I give this service 2 thumbs up and highly recommend it. The best thing about EQ Virtual is the convenience factor and that it’s FREE (if you have a PHN). Now, come hop on the bandwagon today and experience telehealth yourself!
Register now and check out their website to see how they can help you: https://eqvirtual.com/british-columbia/en/.