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FAQ: What is Telemedicine?

By OneShare Health on 9:17 AM on November 2, 2020

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Telemedicine services allow OneShare Health Members to consult a physician by phone or video chat, 24/7, and for a Consult Fee that's 100% Shared.

Access to Telemedicine services is a key part of every Membership Program of OneShare's Health Care Sharing Ministry. As long as you have access to a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop and a reliable internet connection, you can be face to face with a physician in no time.

What is Telemedicine | OneShare Health Insurance Alternative | Health Sharing PlansWhat is Telemedicine | OneShare Health Insurance Alternative | Health Sharing PlansInterested in joining one of OneShare Health’s nationwide Christian healthshare ministries?

At OneShare Health, we work ‘round the clock to provide our Members with a reliable path to health care. Join our Health Care Sharing Ministry and start living your best life alongside other members of our faith-based community today.


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As much as we don’t like to admit it, COVID-19 has changed the way we provide and receive services, and that includes services related to your health care. Fortunately, we have a solution: OneShare Health Telemedicine.

How Does Telemedicine Work?

Initially, Telemedicine was created to treat patients who lived in areas with a shortage of medical care professionals, as well as for those who lived too far from local health facilities. Today, Telemedicine is still used in these instances, but it's steadily becoming a tool for convenient medical care—and convenient access to such medical care has become an absolute necessity these days.

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With Telemedicine, you can instantly connect with a medical provider via phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop, which means you spend less time in waiting rooms and more time receiving immediate attention for minor but urgent conditions.

However, it is important to note that Telemedicine services are intended to treat non-emergency conditions. If you suspect your situation is life-threatening or life-altering, you should call 911, immediately. OneShare Health defines a Life Threatening or Life Altering situation as:

A condition which, if not immediately in receipt of medical treatment, has a high likelihood of causing death, or causing major irreversible bodily harm (including for example: loss of arm, leg, hand or foot; loss of sight or hearing; paralysis or loss of brain function.) The following are key signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies: respiratory distress or cessation of breathing; severe chest pains; shock; uncontrolled bleeding; choking; poisoning; prolonged unconsciousness; severe burns; any complaint of observation which indicates head or spinal cord injury. The following are examples of Life Altering emergencies: broken bones; visible bones; or dismemberment.

Additionally, based on treatment protocols, doctors may not prescribe an antibiotic for viral illnesses such as most colds, sore throats, coughs, sinus infections, and the flu. Telemedicine physicians may even suggest alternative treatment options such as a prescription for symptom relief or over-the-counter medication. DialCare is available for OneShare Health Members for a Consult Fee that's 100% Shared, and residents of Massachusetts will have access to Teledoc, instead.

For more OneShare Health FAQs and information, visit our Knowledge Base!

Have you had a positive experience with Telemedicine recently? We'd love to hear all about in a comment!

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Become a Member of OneShare Health’s Catastrophic medical cost-sharing program.

OneShareHealth’s Catastrophic medical cost-sharing program is our most affordable cost-sharing program. Ideal for individuals who are in good health and in a good position to bless others, this healthshare program offers sharing services for Specialists Visits, hospitalization, diagnostic and labs, and more. You deserve to have access to compassionate care whenever and wherever you need it. Join our Sharing Community now. 


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“Carry each other’s burdens, and this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” 

Galatians 6:2 (NIV) 

What is Telemedicine | OneShare Health Insurance Alternative | Health Sharing Plans

ONESHARE HEALTH, LLC (ONESHARE) IS NOT AN INSURANCE COMPANY BUT A RELIGIOUS HEALTH CARE SHARING MINISTRY (HCSM) THAT FACILITATES THE SHARING OF MEDICAL EXPENSES AMONG MEMBERS. As with all HCSMs under 26 USC § 5000A(d)(2)(B)(ii), OneShare’s members are exempt from the ACA individual mandate. OneShare does not assume any legal risk or obligation for payment of member medical expenses. Neither OneShare nor its members guarantee or promise that medical bills will be paid or shared by the membership. Available nationwide, but please check for the most up to date state availability listing. 

Telemedicine and Membership Discount Programs are not owned or operated by OneShare Health, LLC. They are made available to OneShare members for a fee paid from the Member's monthly contribution.

Doctors do not write prescriptions for DEA-controlled substances or other classes of medication such as mood-altering drugs, including anti-depressants, anti-anxiety or lifestyle medications. DialCare operates within state regulations. 

Enrollment in OneShare is not a contract for insurance. Participation in OneShare is voluntary. Enrollment as a OneShare member is voluntary, and the sharing of monetary contributions is voluntary. You are free to cancel your membership at any time. OneShare requests that a voluntary sharing contribution be made for each month you are enrolled, to facilitate the sharing of requests published on behalf of other members. 

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