AP NEWS

McLeod Health offers free, virtual doctor visits for storm victims

September 21, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – McLeod Health is waiving the fees for its McLeod TeleHealth service now through Sept. 27 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence and the continued impacts from the devastating flooding taking place throughout the Carolinas.

McLeod TeleHealth is a service that enables patients to connect through live video with a doctor anytime from anywhere in the Carolinas using a computer, smartphone or tablet. Visits are private and secure and no appointment is necessary.

In order to access this free service, sign up online or download the McLeod TeleHealth app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, and enter the coupon code, “FLORENCE.”

Patients can access a board-certified physician for minor illnesses or recurring conditions such as cough, cold, ear infections, bronchitis, rashes or the flu. Doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and no appointment is necessary. Insurance is not required. Signup is free at McLeodTelehealth.org.

“At McLeod Health, providing excellent health care to the communities we serve is our mission,” said Jumana Swindler, vice president of communications and public information for McLeod Health. “We understand the effects this storm is having on our entire region and we want to help ensure that maintaining access to quality, affordable healthcare is not something our region has to worry about. This is a moment for us to demonstrate how deeply we live our core values.”

McLeod TeleHealth is the only hospital-affiliated telehealth service in the region that enables patients to directly communicate with doctors online, making health care access faster, easier and more affordable.

McLeod Health is comprised of seven hospitals from the Midlands of South Carolina to the coast, serving more than one million people in South Carolina and eastern North Carolina. It began offering McLeod TeleHealth to serve not only those who want easier access to health care, but also to those who have limited access to doctors because of a lack of transportation, fewer nearby doctors, or work schedules that conflict with regular doctors’ office hours.

AP RADIO
Update hourly