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When I think back to when my boys were babies, I really wish there had been a service like Heal. Heal is an on-demand in-home doctor house call service. If it had existed, I could have avoided the many nights we spent in emergency rooms. I remember one New Year’s Eve, my older son was about 2 1/2 and he had the flu and an ear infection. He was so sick that I called the pediatrician who said to do whatever I could to keep him alive until the next day because the last thing we wanted to do was go to the ER on New Year’s Eve. Another time my younger son had a rare childhood vasculitis that the emergency room doctor could not figure out what it was or what to do about it. We were there for 8 hours before he said it wasn’t a bacterial infection so we could home.
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Heal Founder Dr. Renee Dua had a similar situation happen to her. She had spent the night in the ER with her then 7-month-old son and the experience led her to realize that there had to be another way. Dr. Dua is a nephrologist (kidney doctor) with a thriving practice in the San Fernando Valley. Even being a doctor and having the support of family and friends, it was a terrifying experience for her.
“I thought a lot about what folks who don’t have the same amount of support or financial strength or all of the things I had in my corner, ‘What do those folks do?'” she said. “I wanted to redefine how a doctor and a patient saw each other. I didn’t think a new mother or a new father should have to – in a frantic state – run to an emergency room to deal with something that might not even be that serious.”
So she created Heal, the leader in on-demand doctor house calls. The service is available through the Heal app on iPhone, Android, online, and by phone. Parents or patients can set up a visit for anything that is normally taken care of by a doctor in an office or at an urgent care.
“This is for everybody, zero to Senior,” Dua said.
Services include: annual check-ups, blood work, stitches, sick visits, flu shots, STD checks, rapid strep tests, lactation consulting, full well baby checkups for infants, and physical therapy.
What I like is that Heal has doctors available 365 days a year from 8 AM to 8 PM arriving in two hours or less for $99 or the cost of your insurance co-pay. My kids always seemed to get sick or injure themselves after 5 PM on Friday. Heal takes all major insurance PPO plans including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, UnitedHealthcare, Blue Shield of California and Cigna, Dua said.
Another service Heal offers that I wish had been available when my boys were babies is lactation consulting. Now you can schedule a lactation consultant to come to your house. And if you like that person – or any doctor you see with Heal – you can request the same person to come back. You can schedule regular visits, not just when you have an urgent, last minute situation.
“We really wanted you to be able to have your family doctor in your family room,” Dua said.
For more information on Heal visits and to check insurance eligibility, visit their website.
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