The recent revolution in telemedicine is making life much easier for patients. Receiving medical treatment has never been more simple and efficient than it is today.
Telemedicine, meaning health care that is provided from a distance using technology such as a smartphone, laptop, or any other mobile device, has become hugely popular over the past few years. Today, the vast majority of people have a highly powerful personal computer within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. Modern smartphones and tablets now contain computers that are far more advanced than the computers we used to get to the moon in the 1960s!
This means that medical consultations can now be done via modern technology. Using just a smartphone, a patient can consult with a doctor over any distance effectively and safely. The patient and doctor can use live video links and share images and health informatics data securely and instantly.
Telemedicine can work for everybody. It is particularly helpful for people who live in remote locations. It is also great for people who are stuck for time, because they lead very busy lives or because they need to consult with a doctor quickly, as it is much speedier and more time-efficient than meeting with a doctor in person. Another great thing about telemedicine is that it allows a patient to have a much wider choice of who they consult with. No longer is a patient only able to avail of health care professionals in their local area – using telemedicine, they can consult with doctors anywhere in the country.
One group of people that benefits particularly from the revolution in telemedicine are disabled parking permit users. Telemedicine has made it much easier than ever before to get a handicap parking permit.
Handicap parking permits are issued by all 52 states and allow their users to park in strategically located parking spaces, providing easy access to buildings and facilities that would otherwise be difficult to access if the person had to park a further distance away. There is a long list of disabilities and medical conditions that qualify a person to get a handicap parking permit. Many people around the country qualify for one but don’t realize it, and so have yet to avail of this life-enhancing service.
If you have limited mobility, a disabled parking permit will really improve your quality of life, and thanks to telemedicine, getting a permit has never been easier!
Here is how you can use telemedicine to help you get a handicap parking permit in just five easy steps.
Step 1: Establish that You Have a Qualifying Medical Condition
The list of qualifying conditions varies by state, but there are a bunch of conditions that qualify a person in every state. It is also largely up to the discretion of the telemedicine doctor you consult with. Here is a list of conditions that every state recognizes as qualifying a person for a handicap parking permit:
- Heart disease
- Chronic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
- Being an amputee
- Respiratory problems
- Any condition that requires the use of a portable oxygen tank
- Any condition that necessitates the use of a wheelchair, crutches, cane, walking frame, walking stick or Zimmer frame
- Acute sensitivity to sunlight
- Bad hearing or eyesight
If your condition resembles any of these, then you are very likely to qualify for a parking permit in your state.
Step 2: Make an Online Appointment with a Health Care Professional
Once you have established that you are a potential candidate for a handicap parking permit, the next step is to book a telemedicine consultation online. The consultation can be done over the phone from the comfort of your own home. So click here and book an appointment at a time that is most convenient for you. It’s very simple.
Step 3: Do the Consultation
When the time of your scheduled consultation arrives, be available and ready. A relaxed and friendly chat with a health care professional from the secure surrounding of your own home can be a surprisingly enjoyable experience. The doctor will discuss your condition with you and explain your options. At the end of the consultation they will let you know if you qualify for a handicap parking permit.
Step 4: Download the Department of Motor Vehicles Application Form and Complete It
After your telemedicine consultation, the next step is to go to the DMV website and download the application form for a handicap parking permit in your state. It is a simple form – just print it out and fill it in.
Step 5: Post the Doctor’s Letter and the Form Back to the DMV
Once you receive your telemedicine doctor’s letter of recommendation, put the letter and the DMV application form together in an envelope and post it back to the DMV. They will process it (it usually takes a week or two) and send you back your shiny new disabled parking permit. You can now use handicap parking spaces.
As you can see, this is an easy process. If you think you might qualify, it could be well worth looking into. A disabled parking permit makes life much easier!