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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

Telemedicine has taken the world by storm. It may be one of the only positive outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past (going on three!) years. 

 

Many doctors are utilizing advances in technology to provide patients with the same quality of care as ever before—just in a different format. 

 

Telemedicine allows patients to connect with doctors from all over the country (and the world), but you can still utilize these services even if you have a local doctor. It’s not just for meeting a doctor 1000 miles away!

 

Let’s break down the benefits of telemedicine in Newton and explore practical ways to take advantage of telemedicine in your lifestyle. 

 

What is Telemedicine in Newton?

Telemedicine combines the tools of technology with high-quality care from functional medicine doctors. This means you can connect with any doctor offering telemedicine services from the comfort of your own home.

 

Currently, most doctors have a “hands off” approach to healthcare. It takes weeks to get in to see your doctor, and you’re often rushed through an appointment. We don’t envision doctors as being a source of guidance and care that is constantly available. 

 

What if we flipped the script?

 

With telemedicine, doctors get to know your individual health situation, check in on your progress, arrange physical treatment or testing, provide coaching, and answer every question you have.

 

We think the best part of telemedicine is that it makes healthcare more accessible. If you’re a fan of Five Journeys but don’t live nearby, you don’t have to miss out on our incredible functional medicine care by utilizing our telemedicine in Newton.

 

What If I Have a Local Doctor?

If you already have a local doctor, you may feel like telemedicine isn’t applicable to you. Actually, this idea is far from the truth!

 

You likely often have questions or concerns about your health that you shrug off as “insignificant” since you don’t want to have to drag yourself into the doctor’s office. 

 

This happens way more than you think. Maybe you’re recalling an example of this behavior in your own life.

 

When we don’t address the “little” health problems, they aren’t just going to disappear. They’ll likely compound and worsen over time, leading to exacerbated health problems down the road.

 

With Newton telemedicine, you can get these questions answers and receive fast care exactly when you need it.

 

How to Utilize Telemedicine in Newton

There are many ways to benefit from Newton telemedicine, but these are our three favorites that are applicable to everyone.

 

1. Build a relationship with your doctor.

The medical industry is sorely lacking in quality relationships between doctors and patients. Most practices see a staggering number of patients every single day, making it impossible for doctors to give each one the time, care, and attention they need and deserve. Functional medicine doctors (like us!) intentionally see less patients per day so we can devote quality time and care to each one. Telemedicine is an ideal way for us to get to know you deeply and for you to feel comfortable working with us. This is the best way to achieve optimal health together.

 

2. Check in about goals and progress.

At Five Journeys, our special healthcare process involves getting to know you deeply and conducting tests so we can prescribe the ideal treatment plan for you. However, maintaining and checking in with your process just might be equally important. We don’t strap on a life jacket and toss you into the deep end; instead, we help you take (and celebrate!) each and every baby step. Telemedicine allows us to check in with you along the way but saves you time, gas money, and the energy of having to get dressed—wink wink!

 

3. Get every single question answered.

You may encounter “small aches and pains” along your health journey. Maybe your energy is improving, but you feel bloated all the time. When it comes to your health, no symptom is too small. Bring every concern our way without having to haul yourself into the office at the drop of a hat.

 

Functional Telemedicine in Newton, MA

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? With Five Journeys, we provide functional telehealth for Newton residents—and everyone across the world. We get to the bottom of your health conditions by finding and treating the root cause. That way your problems are actually resolved.

Learn more about telemedicine in Newton and schedule your complimentary appointment today.

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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At Home

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Urine

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$699

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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At home

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$319

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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Blood

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around $1600 (depends on panel selected)

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Fully covered by Medicare. May be reimbursed with PPO plans.
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$299

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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$199

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins.
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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Blood work for blood count, urinalysis and vitamin levels.

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BLOOD FLUID

Blood

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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At home

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Urine

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Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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$99 ($69 if performed with mycotoxins or environmental toxins).

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
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INSURANCE

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
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At home

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Urine

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$160-$329

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

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Must be off hormones in order to do the testing.
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is specifically for a tick-borne illness called “Bartonella”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

COST

$260

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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At home

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Urine

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Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?
Can I Use Telemedicine in Newton Even if I Have a Doctor?

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