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The Easy Way to See A Doctor - #MOMSLOVEAMWELL


This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Amwell for MomTrends. All opinions are my own. 

I am not a big fan of the doctor although I used to be a medic in the US Army. Maybe it's because I have been so much behind the scenes that I would now try and stay out of the scene so to speak. However there are times that I can't avoid it. Times like my annual checkup. There are also times when I would prefer to deal with things myself. However, there are times when I'm feeling so ill that I would prefer to stay in my house and have my doctor come to me. Oh how I wish I could afford to have my doctor on call and come to my home whenever I wanted to. Is that even possible? Well if you knew about Amwell, it's absolutely possible.  The doctor doesn't make a "house-call" but you are able to speak with a doctor in the comfort of your home face to face. With technology being so advanced these days with tablets and cellphones, all you need is a device with a microphone and camera capability. Amwell doctor visits are also now available in 46 states.



What this means for you is no more waiting rooms, and you all know how much we detest those, it seems like you can get worse waiting in a waiting room with other sick people, sometimes some worse than you are who have no idea how to cover their coughs or sneezes. No more going through traffic and sometimes even making it late because the person in-front of you is doing 30 in a 50 zone which may mean having to reschedule your appointment that you may have waited over a week to get. Just no more! Now all you need is your bed or comfy couch, your smart device (tablet, computer or smartphone), you and Amwell. With Amwell you can see a doctor sometimes immediately all from the comfort of your own home. The doctors that are available on Amwell are all board certified, with an average of 15 years in practice, and they are available 24/7, with no appointment needed. Just choose the type of visit you are looking for and select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Amwell is accepted by many major insurers, with more added every day.  Enter your health insurance information for a lower cost visit.


Recently I wasn't feeling well at all. It seems like I had a cold that just wouldn't go away. I was able to schedule and appointment very easily and my visit took about 20 minutes. All my previous symptoms were entered and we talked about what I was feeling and going through. Since I also had headaches (I suffer with migraines), we also talked about that. I felt comfortable speaking with my doctor and I felt good with the knowledge that my privacy is a serious matter. You don't have to worry because your visit is secure and whatever you decide to tell your doctor will be kept safe because he has to abide by the HIPAA laws, the same way your regular doctor does, unless of course you are planning on hurting yourself or others.


So why should you use Amwell?

  • Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance.

  • Accessibility.  After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.

  • Convenience. Consumers are looking for a faster appointment. Now they don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do they need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their own home.

  • Quick prescriptions. Consumers would rather have an online video visit than an in-office visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.

  • Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors.
See how easy it is to schedule your visit with a doctor with this video:


Did you know that the Wall Street Journal recently touted Amwell as  “The Amazon of healthcare”. You can read all about it in this article.

And because you're a Growing Up Madison reader, you get to try Amwell for only $1. Just use code TELEVISIT17.

Annmarie John
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  1. I'm a huge Amwell fan. I've used this service several times, and it is so much more convenient than going to a brick and mortar office.

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    1. I've used them quite a few times myself and have always had a good experience. I truly hate getting out of my bed some days. :)

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  2. Amwell sounds like an amazing service. When I'm sick, the last thing I want to do is drag my crusty self off of the couch and head to the doctor's office.

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    1. You and me both, Colleen, you and me both!

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  3. amWell is so convenient. I love being able to see a doctor without having to leave the house when I feel bad.

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    1. When I feel sick, the last thing I want to do is visit the doctor, so this is truly convenient.

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  4. I love using Amwell because it of it's convenience! Love your list!

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    1. That's one of the best reason to use Amwell.

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  5. Now this is my type of medical care! When one of my children gets sick, the last thing I want to do is wait hours in a crowded doctor's office.

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    1. Oh it's also the thing I hate doing too. Even for well visits, sometimes you leave sick because of all the sick people just waiting around. Yuck!

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  6. Ugh, I hate waiting rooms so much. They're such a pain and can take hours even with a legitimate emergency.

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    1. Oh tell me about it. I've waited hours in an emergency room before with my 4yr old who ended up having to stay overnight.

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  7. This sounds incredibly convenient. It's nice to have the option to get a consultation from home!

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    1. Don't you just love how technology has become so advanced? Now you don't even have to leave home.

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  8. you had me at Accessibility! the truth is- there have been so many times when my kids need to see a doctor and their doctor does not have office hours. Having this type of service at my fingertips quite literally seems like money well spent - there is no price I wouldn't pay for peace of mind!

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    1. Oh I love it too. Weekends are usually the worst and it seems like your kids gets sick on purpose on the weekend when there are no doctor offices open, so this is awesome!

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  9. We have this availability through our health insurance. But always afraid to try it out b/c it's so new. Glad I read this review first! Great points!

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    1. Oh Roxanne, don't be afraid. I've used it a few times although for the more minor stuff and I've always had great experiences. I've also even picked up prescription because the doc sent it directly to the pharmacy. Give it a try, after all it's only $1 for your first visit.

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  10. SUper awesome concept. I am all about accessibility for everyone. I live in a city, so my health care is outstanding. I don't think where one lives should dictate the quality of care they receive. I love this!

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    1. I have great health care too but sometimes I don't want to wait a week or more for a doctor's appointment, so this is awesome!

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  11. Amwell sounds like such a great service! It would be nice to be able to see a doctor whenever you needed to without having to leave the house!

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    1. Oh it's an awesome service and it sure is great to not have to leave the house.

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  12. The cost alone is enough to get me to try Amwell. I pay $200 out of pocket for each doctor visit, this would save me so much money for minor illnesses!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I couldn't even begin to imagine paying that much for doctor visits. Amwell will surely save you tons of money.

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  13. AH, Amwell. My parents have been fans forever. I think the 20 minute visit sounds incredible! Especially with covering more than one thing.
    I have deep doctor phobias. I shake when I see mine and he's a fellow school parent and quite fetching too, so it's just awkward all over.

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    1. OK I can totally understand why it can get awkward. Don't think I'd want my doctor being someone I know closely :)

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  14. Amwell sounds a great option. It is much cheaper and I hope it is reliable too!

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    1. It truly is cheaper and also VERY reliable. You're dealing with board certified doctors, exactly the same as you see when you go to a brick and mortar clinic.

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  15. I keep hearing about Amwell. Sounds like such a great service, I really need to try it soon.

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    1. You should really give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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  16. This is such a great idea and so much better for people than turning to doctor google as well.

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    1. Oh most definitely. Doctor Google has steered me wrong quite a few times.

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  17. I have used this service with my girls and it really does wrk well! I'd recommend it again to anyone.

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    1. You're a believer! Thank you. I love it too.

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  18. I've never heard of this service but it is definitely something I would use. I hate going to the doctor more than anything.

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    1. Oh I think most people do. Unless I'm truly dying I try and find all the excuses in the world not to go.

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  19. I love this idea for quick illnesses. It's cheaper and I can get everything done without leaving the house! Yay internet! LOL

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    1. Exactly! Don't you just love the convenience?

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  20. This looks like a great service. Costs less and no waiting rooms. It seems too good to be true.

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    1. This is one of those cases where it seems to good to be true and it is.

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  21. It certainly is cheaper which is a plus. As Annmarie said they are board certified doctors which makes the experience even better.

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    1. That is true Ana and that makes your experience all the better.

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  22. Wow - this is such an incredible find for medical advice! I hat waiting rooms and always feel that I'm going to be sicker after leaving one of them than when I walked in! haha...
    Karen

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    1. Oh I get that feeling too. I just hate going there myself and if I don't have to go, I'm all for it.

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  23. The more I read about Amwell, the more I want to try it out. I love it when technology makes our lives easier and being able to connect with a doctor from home, especially when you are feeling ick, is great.

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    1. What's stopping you? You can try it today for only $1. :)

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  24. It is such an awesome service. I actually tried it last year and had amazing results. It was nice to be seen and talk to someone to ease my symptoms!

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    1. They are awesome and I just love them myself.

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  25. Since I live with a chronic medical condition, I love any medical service that makes the whole process easier. I like that it is affordable and that you can depend on it.

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    1. Affordability is definitely one of the pluses.

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  26. I have tried Amwell and it really is convenient. I hate waiting in the waiting rooms for hours for a five minute visit.

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    1. It is one of the things that I absolutely hate about appointments, so this is perfect!

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  27. This will be perfect the next time I need to see a Doctor. I have been having a hard time getting an appointment with my family Doctor. He is retiring soon and is not in the office much anymore.

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    1. Then you can certainly give Amwell a try and at $1, you really can't lose out.

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  28. I've tried to use one of these services but not through Amwell. Wow, it's amazing how you can do most everything from home through your computer screens these days--- even seeing a doctor! Who would have thought? :)

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    1. I know! It's amazing how much you can get accomplished online these days.

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  29. I haven't heard of this company but I've heard of similar companies. It sounds so great just for the convenience and cost factor. Some people are so busy that they would actually not go to the doctor because they are too busy, and now they can from the comfort of their own couch!

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    1. I'm one of those persons who would prefer not to leave my home.

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  30. This service seems so helpful and easy. There have definitely been times when I wasn't well and really didn't want to leave the house (I also get migraines). Getting on a video call would be great!

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    1. Oh it's awesome! You should give them a try one time.

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  31. Wow, this sounds so easy. My husband and I have often talked about how we wished there was something like this. We will have to check it out.

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    1. You should give them a try and see what the fuss is about. You're going to love them.

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  32. I have thought so many times about Amwell but then when I am clouded with sickness I never remember. I need to!

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    1. Yes you really need to. You should write them down!

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  33. Half the time I play doctor and google my symptoms to avoid going to the emergency room and wait for hours so they can give me a pain killer and send me home :-/ Unless I am bleeding, or passed out I try to avoid the emergency room. My doctor is pretty cool though I just give her a call and tell her what wrong and she'll tell me if its necessary for her to see me or she just sends the prescription to the pharmacy if she knows whats wrong.

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    1. Sounds like you have a great doctor but Dr. Google is so not the way to go.

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  34. I keep hearing about this new medical service. Wow technology is really coming a long way and I know so many people will benefit from using this service!

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    1. It's a great service and if you can share them with your family and friends that would be great.

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