Virginia Mason adds virtual care clinic

VMPatients can now consult with Virginia Mason health professionals face-to-face without leaving home.

The Seattle-based medical group announced the launch of a “virtual care clinic” Wednesday that links providers with patients via video-conferencing. The service is available to both existing and new Virginia Mason patients, according to a news release.

Providers can diagnose ailments, recommend courses of treatment and prescribe medications through the virtual clinic. The cost is $35.

Most insurance plans don’t cover virtual care, though that’s beginning to change. Virginia Mason’s online clinic is not available to Medicaid or Medicare clients.

Virginia Mason joins a growing number of health care groups offering virtual care and telemedicine. CHI Franciscan Health, parent company of Harrison Medical Center, recently opened its virtual urgent care portal to Kitsap County patients. 

Virginia Mason has also expanded services locally with the addition of no-appointment urgent care on Bainbridge Island. 

The website for Virginia Mason Virtual Care Clinic is virginiamason.org/Virtual-Clinic.

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