Parsad Posted July 1, 2017 Share Posted July 1, 2017 One of the companies Premier has funded is goevisit.com (https://goevisit.com). We own about 28% of the company, which is the only 24/7 telemedicine company in Canada servicing all territories and provinces. If you are a Canadian resident with a provincial health care card, you can use this service from anywhere in North America for free. Non-Canadian residents pay a $49.95 CDN fee for use. Prescriptions can be sent to the pharmacy closest to you or of your choice, as well as you can use goevisit's online pharmacy which will deliver your prescription to your door within 24 hours by Fedex. As my staff know, I caught a nasty cough and cold from my nephew and I’ve been out of the office on and off this week. So I thought I would relay my experience using the service: - Today is Canada Day…try getting an appointment at a clinic, your family doctor, Emergency or any online telemedicine competitor! - Logged in at 9:17am, entered Care Card #, issue and choice of contact (phone, Skype or Facetime)…done by 9:21am and entered online waiting room - Received call from physician/nurse practitioner at 9:40am…again on a weekend, stat holiday…really surprised by the speed! - Discussed what was happening via Facetime…went through a number of questions including symptoms, problems, medications, history, etc. - Because I have developed some wheezing/bronchitis and am traveling on Friday, was prescribed amoxicillin (antibiotic) and a renewed prescription for my inhaler - Explained to me that the antibiotics should take effect within 48 hours…if on Monday/Tuesday I’m not progressing, suggested I then go see a Clinic/my physician/Emergency, so that it does not become pneumonia. - Call ended by 9:50am with my prescriptions sent to the Shoppers Drug Mart closest to my house - Received a call at my house at 10:51am telling me that my prescriptions are ready for pick-up at Shoppers! I was thoroughly impressed! I personally had qualms about how good the speed of service would be at this point until we scale up...and that was even when I had read about all of the good feedback we were getting. But those were laid to rest...it was as good as I could imagine! Yeah, there are some things that telemedicine cannot do…yet...but as technology and innovation improve, more services will add to the desire to use telemedicine, not unlike any other daily service provided online. This saved me not only hours, but possibly days, since the clinics near my home would not be able to take me until at least Monday. My only other alternative would have been Emergency at Surrey Memorial: - how many hours wait would that have been? - how much cost to the system? - how inefficient? - how many more people (in particular weakened immune systems) would I have exposed in Emergency and added to cost to the system? - how uncomfortable when you are coughing up a lung and feel like crap! The convenience factor is huge for parents with children, especially those that have to also work full-time...snowbirds or Canadians travelling...cost savings for employers (one of my staff had two clinic visits this week during work hours)...people living in rural areas, etc. If you decide to use the service at some point, please provide feedback here and I'll be happy to pass it along to the CEO and operations team. Some of you met Liz, Jim & Clay in Toronto this year, but they have a lot more stuff planned for goevisit.com. Have a great Canada Day to my Canadian boardmembers and an early Happy 4th of July to my American boardmembers! Sanjeev Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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