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What is virtual health care and is it the future for expats?

Technology and connectivity have changed our lives.  

We use our mobile phones and tablets for real-time access to friends and family around the world. We access ways of staying healthy — getting well and keeping fit — through technology and online communities.

For expats, faced with unfamiliar or poorly structured health care systems and busy schedules, access to quality health care can be a challenge. Virtual health can provide convenient, easy and secure access to a family (primary care) doctor who can:

  • access electronic health records
  • diagnose symptoms
  • refer to a specialist
  • write prescriptions
  • arrange follow up appointments and
  • help coordinate ongoing care for chronic diseases, for example

vHealth by Aetna is one such virtual health care service; one that puts individuals at the centre of a health care ecosystem focused on healthy outcomes. It is already making a difference with more than 170,000 customers who use the service across 132 countries1.

Read more: Bringing virtual care to life

For more information about how vHealth could help you access quality primary care where you are, contact one of our consultants.

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If you’re an employer or broker looking for international Private Medical insurance for clients or staff, you can call us to discuss your needs. Get the right telephone number for your area, here.

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1 Aetna International customer data – January 2018


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