What are your biggest frustrations about having to go to the doctor? Here are my pet peeves:
- Having to wait days (or weeks) to get a doctor’s appointment.
- No convenient appointment times, such as nights and weekends.
- Long waits once you actually get to the doctor’s office. My last appointment I finally saw the doctor a hour and a half after my original appointment time.
Do you have time for this nonsense? I definitely don’t. That’s why a couple of months ago I decided to try something different: Maven Clinic.
Maven Clinic’s web and iPhone app interface allow you to get a doctor’s appointment by video. While Maven Clinic isn’t a complete replacement for in-person doctor visits (annual exams will still be necessary, for example), here are some situations in which it is a great solution:
If you need to get a doctor’s appointment for the same day or next day at time that actually works for you. You can fit it into your already busy schedule without having to take a half day off work, getting a babysitter, or completely rearranging your life. You could schedule an appointment for your lunch break, for the evening, or even on a weekend. And the appointment will actually take place on time! Have you ever had that happen before?
If you don’t want to expose yourself to other illnesses at your primary care physician. Do you have the flu, a UTI, or simply need your birth control refilled? Avoid waiting in the waiting room with all the other sick people in your city and get a prescription through Maven.
If you have a newborn and have questions but don’t want to leave the house. Some of the postpartum services Maven offers to moms are lactation consultants, sleep coaches, therapists with experience in postpartum depression, pediatricians, and pediatric nurse practitioners.
If you are looking for a therapist but can’t find any that offer night or weekend appointments. Those night and weekend appointments are usually snapped up pretty quickly, but on Maven many different mental health professionals offer them. And without having to drive somewhere and back, a lunch break appointment could even be a possibility. Check out how to find a therapist that is the right fit for you here.
If you have catastrophic insurance or no health insurance, a high copay, or no coverage for certain services. Maven does not currently accept health insurance, so they are purposeful in keeping appointment costs down, as low as $18 for an appointment with nurse practitioner. Maven could be the answer for medical services that don’t break the bank when you are sick or when you want an appointment with a practitioner that may not be covered by your insurance, such as a nutritionist or a childbirth educator.
If you don’t want to keep googling the answers to your medical questions, but don’t want to make a doctor’s appointment. Maven is the perfect solution for an educational appointment to have those nagging questions answered. Whether they are about your diet, pregnancy worries, or a weird rash, you can get answers without resorting to WebMD all the time.
Some of the other benefits…
Kind, responsive practitioners- I have had appointments with a nurse practitioner, nutritionist, and therapist and have been pleasantly surprised by how kind and caring each one has been. Many of the medical professionals on Maven have a true passion for women’s health and getting women access to the care they need and deserve. I have gotten my questions answered while feeling valued and not rushed.
A record of all you discussed- Within the next day, your practitioners will record everything that you have discussed in the notes section of your appointment. It’s handy for your records and a way to remember all their suggestions for the future. This is definitely something I’ve never had happen at a doctor’s appointment before.
They go the extra mile- I’ve had practitioners look up resources I asked for after my appointment and give me links to them in my appointment note.
So many medical professionals in one place- You have access to all of these:
OB-GYNs, Midwifes, High risk pregnancy coaches, Doulas and childbirth educators
Family doctors, Nurse Practitioners
Lactation consultants, Sleep coaches, Pediatricians
Nutritionists, Physical Therapists
How to Sign-up for Maven
I have been so impressed with Maven Clinic that I have recently become a Maven ambassador so I can share my experience with more people. As a Maven Ambassador, I am able to offer you a great incentive to try out Maven: use my code and you get both a $25 credit to use for an appointment and a Maven swag bag. Here the goodies you can grab if you complete an appointment with my code:
Here’s how to sign-up for an appointment using my code:
Sign-up for Maven by visiting the sign-up page, entering your personal information and my referral code SARAMVIP (which will get you that swag bag after you complete an appointment).
How far will that $25 get you? You could have an appointment with a nurse practitioner, midwife, nutritionist, or physical therapist (as well as some other practitioners) completely free of charge. That means that you could get a prescription you need, talk about prenatal or postnatal concerns, or discuss a nutrition or exercise plan. As well, you could apply the credit toward an appointment with a doctor or therapist.
How to Make Your First Appointment
Here is a glance at the Maven interface on my laptop. It is also available as an iPhone/iPad app for appointments on the go. First click on the “Book Appointment” button.
Choose the type of appointment you are looking for from the five options offered.
Choose what you would like to discuss with the practitioner.
Are you looking to obtain a prescription or for an education only appointment? Select the correct answer.
On the next screen all the practitioners currently available with be shown. Clicking on each will give you access to their specialties, education, and experience. Select the practitioner that you would like the appointment with.
Select the day and time that works best for you.
You will receive text reminders at one hour and ten minutes prior to your appointment. When it is time for your appointment, sign into the website or app and select “My Appointments.” Then select “Launch Appointment.” After your appointment is completed your practitioner will enter what you discussed into the notes section of your appointment.
I hope you will try out Maven and that you love it as much as I do. Sign-up for Maven by visiting the sign-up page, entering your personal information and my referral code SARAMVIP.
Do you have any questions about Maven? Comment or contact me.