Thank you to 2nd.MD for providing me with a $200 stipend to test-drive this revolutionary online medical service.
How many times have you had a medical question only to search online and become even more confused or scared? Have you ever sought the advice of your doctor or been referred to a specialist only to have to wait weeks or months for an appointment? There is nothing worse than having to wait and worry about your health or that of a loved one.
For years, after being given the run around by my general practitioner, I have wondered if I should seek the advice of a cardiologist. After attempting to make an appointment, the next available date was well in to the New Year. While I am sitting here on pins and needles, I was so excited to learn about 2nd.MD. About 2nd.MD:
“2nd.MD connects you to leading doctors for medical advice, information, or peace of mind by providing online, one-on-one consultations from top-rated medical specialists. 2nd.MD is a revolutionary alternative, allowing you to access top medical specialists online when you need it. You will have access to hundreds of doctors and be able to speak face-to-face with them, without having to wait weeks or months for an appointment.”
The process was incredibly easy. After filling out my profile which included symptoms I was concerned about, I could browse through the list of available specialists that may be able to answer my questions. For each doctor, you can view their qualifications, a description, reviews and even ask a free question to see if they are the right doctor for your question. You are also able to see the rate for that particular doctor.
I chose Dr. Ian Law, a Pediatric Electrophysiologist. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Iowa, completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Michigan, and finished two fellowships at the University of Michigan in Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, he had a host of awards and accolades. Very impressive.
Dr. Law did not have any immediate appointments available, so I requested more slots to open via the 2nd.MD site. Within 24 hours, Dr. Law opened up more appointment times and I was able to secure a spot. I completed my profile which included the uploading any available test results and medications so Dr. Law could be prepared for our session.
I will admit; I was very nervous. But the minute our video chat began, Dr. Law made me feel at ease. He listened to my concerns and made his best conclusions and offered answers to my questions. He even made notes about our discussion and sent them to me so I could follow up with my regular physician.
I could not have been happier with my appointment. The cost of the session was $200 for a 20 minute video chat, which at face value is pricey. But having the opportunity to talk face to face with a cardiologist in a relaxed setting (and not having to wait 6 months for an appointment) gave me a peace of mind that is truly invaluable.
Loved every second.
Thank you again to 2nd.MD for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about 2nd.MD. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #Clever2ndMD #spon