Telemedicine Explained: Choosing The Right Doctor Online
It is always best to consult an expert rather than do a self-diagnosis online whenever we have a medical issue or concern. Did you know that you can see a doctor conveniently online to treat a variety of medical conditions?
Taking charge of your health and identifying ailments or symptoms early are key to keeping your health in check. For instance, the three highs - high blood sugar (diabetes), high blood pressure (hypertension), and high cholesterol - are common chronic health issues amongst Filipinos. These conditions can be managed and treated through medication and ongoing support from a GP doctor or a Specialist online.
Selecting the appropriate provider is an important initial step in improving your wellbeing. We understand that it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin with so many available options, so we’ve created an informative guide about the different types of medical providers available on our telemedicine app and their areas of expertise.
A General Practitioner (GP) is a type of primary care doctor. They provide preventive care and treat all common medical conditions. They also refer patients to specialists and those who need urgent care to healthcare facilities. Doctor Anywhere (DA) Philippines’ GPs are available for online video consultations 24/7.
Cardiologists specialize in the heart, blood arteries, and the cardiovascular system. Many cardiovascular problems are treated by them, including hypertension, minor chest pain, discomfort related to the heart or chest, heart disease management, monitoring of the recovery from heart surgery, and better adherence to treatment regimens.
Dermatologists specialize in treating problems with the skin, nails, and hair. They deal with issues like psoriasis, skin cancer, acne, and eczema. If you have a history of sun or UV exposure, a family history of skin cancer, or skin cancer risk factors, you should get your skin checked annually.
Endocrinologists treat disorders and conditions that affect the endocrine system which involves various glands that make and release hormones in the body. They treat conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, metabolic disorders, adrenal disorders, growth abnormalities, and cholesterol disorders.
ENT Specialists or Otolaryngologists treat conditions and disorders that affect the areas in and around your ears, nose, and throat. Consult for advice on problems like hearing loss, ear infections, nosebleeds, abnormal nasal discharge, nasal congestion, tonsillitis, and sore throat.
Gastroenterologists specialize in the digestive system. This includes the esophagus, pancreas, stomach, liver, small intestine, colon, and gallbladder. Seek advice to treat medical conditions such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), liver disease, ulcers, and common digestive disorders.
General surgeons are responsible for the care of patients before, during, and after surgery, in addition to performing procedures for a variety of common illnesses. Consult one if you have any conditions affecting your stomach, breasts, endocrine system, digestive system, skin, head, or neck.
Nephrologists specialize in kidney care and conditions that affect the kidneys. Kidney disease, renal (kidney) failure, diabetes, kidney stones, electrolyte, fluid, and acid-base imbalances or disturbances, and hypertension are some of the conditions that they can treat.
Obstetrician and Gynecologists
OB-GYNs provide preventive care and disease management for female health conditions including prenatal care, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility, and menopause. They may also see women for yearly check-ups and procedures like pap tests and breast exams.
Ophthalmologists specialize in treating eye and vision problems. They can treat patients for normal eye care as well as those with complex eye problems including dry eyes, conjunctivitis, sore eyes, stye, and post-eye surgery checkups.
Orthopedic surgeons specialize in diseases and problems of the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. They can handle minor bone fractures, ligament and tendon problems, back pain, knee injuries, muscular discomfort, and post-operative follow-ups.
Pediatricians are experts in providing care for children from birth through early adulthood. They are trained to treat more complicated disorders like hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD), respiratory tract infections, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, eczema, and minor illnesses and injuries. If your little one is feeling unwell, you can schedule an online video consultation with a pediatrician. Simply create a separate Doctor Anywhere account for your child to get started. You can use their birth certificate and make the "Registry number" as the ID number in absence of a government ID.
Pulmonologists concentrate on the parts involved in breathing. This involves the lungs and the heart. Consult a doctor if you have lung cancer, pneumonia, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis, or trouble sleeping as a result of breathing issues.
Urologists treat conditions of the urinary tract in both males and females including bladder cancer, bladder stone, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infection. They also address the issues related to male reproductive health, such as erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, prostate enlargement, prostate inflammation, and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).
Mental Health Experts
A person's mental health can be assessed by psychologists through clinical interviews, psychological examinations, and testing. They can offer both individual and group therapy in addition to making diagnoses. Find expert advice over the DA app for a variety of clinical areas, including depression and anxiety, youth and adolescent issues, relationship issues or couple counselling, workplace politics and career counselling, and corporate coaching.
How to schedule an online consultation?
Did you know that many types of health conditions can be treated over teleconsultation? For example, suitable conditions for an online video consultation with a doctor include treatment for common illnesses, such as the flu or cough, and check-ups and medication refills for chronic disease management.
Doctor Anywhere (DA) Philippines provides teleconsultation services with a selection of general practitioners, mental health experts, and specialists, allowing you to see a qualified doctor anywhere you are just by using your phone.
The DA app is free to download on Google Play Store and App Store.
DA accepts Maxicare, Cocolife Healthcare, HMI, Lacson & Lacson Insurance Brokers, and Cigna. If you are a member of one of these HMOs or health insurance companies, simply launch the app, and update your profile to link your account:
> Membership & Benefits
> Link Membership
> Make sure "Philippines" is selected as the location, then select your HMO
You can then choose to consult with a general practitioner, specialist, or mental health expert directly in-app.