The following types of problems are not suitable for telehealth:
• serious, urgent problem likely to need a physical examination.
• If you are unable to use the technology (e.g. confusion), physically disabled or have serious anxieties about the technology (unless relatives or friends are on hand to help).
• If you are deaf (some deaf and hard-of-hearing patients may find video difficult, but if they can lip-read and/ or use the chat function, video may be better than telephone.)
• If you are aged under 18 (ie under the age of 18, do not have your parent or guardian consent and presence during the consultation.)
• Speak only very poor English or have English as a second language and do not have access to an interpreter during the consultation.
• If you are visually impaired a telephone consultation would often be best for you.
• If you need controlled drugs. Our doctors will not provide any controlled drugs even if they are “repeats” for ongoing conditions. Any controlled drug has to be provided only after an in-person consultation.
Actually, no. Telehealth is used today to treat everything from the common cold to post-surgical wound care. Everything from migraines to acne to mental health counselling can be treated while using this technology. It’s common today for doctors to use these tools to coordinate patient care, or to use them in their clinics. Learn more about what we can and can't treat.
Yes. The cost is related to the doctor’s time rather than the technology used.
The cost of a video consultation (telehealth visit) to see a Tamaki Health doctor varies depending on whether you have already enrolled as a regular patient of one of our GPs (are “enrolled/registered”) or not (“casual”). Check the website price list for up to date fees and what happens if “I want to change or cancel my visit”.
There is a secure payment portal as part of the appointment process. You can pay with EFTPOS, all major credit cards or by bank transfer. Payment must be made before the appointment is confirmed. Learn more about pricing and payment options.
Yes, regardless of whether you are an existing patient or not you can make an appointment. If you are an existing Tamaki Health patient either through Local Doctors, White Cross or East Tamaki Healthcare you do not need to enrol with Bettr, simply fill in your details and we’ll do the rest. Please note that at this time new patients cannot arrange a telephone virtual consultation of any kind or a video consultation for a new ACC (accident or injury) concern.
Yes, you can book for yourself or you can book on behalf of someone else. At the patient details step of the booking process simply select ‘no’ when presented with the question ‘Is this appointment for you?’
For now, we are offering consultations in English only. However many of our doctors speak other languages fluently and we expect to be able to offer consultations in other languages in the near future.
No you don't need to change your GP, you can use a Bettr online doctor and keep your existing relationship. When making a booking you can choose to have your notes passed to your existing GP too so they are aware of the online appointment?
If you don't want to change your GP then the prices are still it's free for Under-14's and $49 for everyone else. If you choose to register you save $39 on every appointment. Learn more.
An online appointment lasts for 10 minutes of face to face time with the doctor and allows the doctor another 5 minutes to complete other tasks such as writing letters on your behalf.
If you need more time at the end of the consultation you should discuss this with your doctor before the consultation ends. The doctor may suggest booking another telehealth appointment or a face to face visit. There may be an additional or new charge for this; please discuss this with the doctor.
All our doctors are based in New Zealand (mostly in Auckland) and are experienced licensed medical practitioners registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
If you need a follow up, you and the doctor you should discuss this before the consultation ends. The doctor may suggest booking another telehealth appointment or a face to face visit.
The doctor will check with you to ensure you understand what they think the problem is and what should be done about it. This may include any or all of the following:
• Arranging another follow-up appointment for you
• Arrange a lab test eg a blood test for you
• Arranging a face to face appointment for you
• Writing a referral to a specialist or allied health service eg hospital, physiotherapist
• Sending you some educational material about your condition/problem.
If Tamaki Health is not your usual doctor you will be asked to identify your usual GP or health clinic and for permission to send a copy of your visit records to this doctor/clinic. You may decline to do this.
If a patient can navigate a search engine or use a phone app, telehealth is a tool you can use. To have a video conference with a doctor you need a good Internet connection and a computer or phone with a built-in microphone and camera. If your device doesn’t have these tools, they will need to be purchased. Telemedicine software is very easy to navigate for patients of all ages.
The doctor can “see” a patient via a video screen, but in fact, it’s the patient history that provides about 90% of the clinical diagnosis. A virtual consultation can prevent unnecessary trips to a doctor’s or urgent care clinic. Think of these visits like a “virtual house call;” the doctor sees and diagnoses over a phone or computer screen.
Yes. All our doctors are based in New Zealand and are experienced licensed medical practitioners registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand and appropriately experienced and trained in primary care and in the unique advantages, challenges and limitations of telehealth consultations.
All our phone consults are conducted online so whether you choose video or phone you will still need to follow the same process of 'joining' the call by clicking the link in the SMS or email you receive once you've booked. The Doctor will join you online at the time of the scheduled appointment. We do ask for your phone number when booking in case the Doctor or the Bettr team may call you before your appointment or if you run into a technical issue.
Yes, you can order scripts, unless you are a new patient who is seeking a script for the first time. In this case you will be directed to see one of our doctors face to face in person.
For an ongoing / long term condition that is stable, a doctor would only give a repeats once for 3 months, but would require to see the patient in person the next time around. Effectively, a patient with a stable ongoing / long term condition needs to see a Doctor in person at least once every 6 months for a full assessment.
Our doctors will not provide any controlled drugs even if they are “repeats” for ongoing conditions. Any controlled drug has to be provided only after an in-person consultation.
No, we do not under any circumstance provide controlled drugs via Bettr. Our doctors will not provide any controlled drugs even if they are “repeats” for ongoing conditions. Any controlled drug has to be provided only after an in-person consultation.
Yes, you can see your usual doctor face to face in the usual way. Copies of your consultation with the virtual doctor will automatically go to your usual doctor unless you tell us otherwise.
If you are not happy please speak with the doctor at the end of the consultation about your concerns. If you wish to provide formal feedback or make a complaint, please visit to our feedback/suggestions page.
You can choose another kind of consultation instead of a telehealth consultation such as:
A “telephone only” consultation. Please note a telephone only consultation is available if you are a regular patient of one of our GPs (are “enrolled/registered”).
A face to face consultation at any of our clinics nationwide.
If the telehealth consultation fails (picture stops or freezes or sound stops) the doctor will immediately ring you on your mobile number to assist you or complete the consultation on the phone.
Most modern laptops have an inbuilt camera that is visible at the top of the screen. If you are not sure where to find it or how to use it you may need to get a relatives or friend to help with this before the telehealth consultation
Just like normal doctor’s appointment, your Telehealth visit will be private and confidential. It can only be seen and heard by the health care professional involved. If you have any questions, please speak to your health care professional during the consultation. this healthcare service uses systems that meet recommended standards to protect the privacy and security of the video visits. However, the service cannot guarantee total protection against hacking or tapping into the video visit by outsiders. This risk is small, but it does exist.
1. Please click the consultation link in the email or SMS 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
2. When prompted, enter the birth of date you provided when you made your Bettr appointment.
3. You will enter the waiting room. You do not need to do anything other than wait. When it is time for your consultation the doctor will admit you into the consultation room.
Important note: Please remain on the waiting room page until you see or hear the Doctor. If there is a problem or the Doctor is running late, a member of the Bettr team will contact you.
4. Once the Doctor admits you, you may be asked if Bettr can access your microphone or camera. Please select ‘Allow’.
5. You will now be in the consultation room; you should be able to hear the Doctor on a phone consult and hear and see the Doctor on a video consult. Your consultation will begin.
• If you cannot hear the Doctor or if the Doctor cannot hear you on a video consult or phone consult.
Check to see if the microphone icon has a line through it. If it does click to turn on the microphone.
• If you cannot see the Doctor on a video consult
Check to see if the video icon has a line through it. If it does click the icon to turn on the video.
• If you cannot see or hear the Doctor on a video consult
Check to see if the video and microphone icon has a line through it. If it does click both icons to turn on the video and sound.
Antoinette, April 2021
THIS IS THE BEST SERVICE! Absolutely love it for so many reasons. Too many to list but mainly because there's no more having to wait or stand to be seen by a nurse and then sometimes wait again to see a doctor. Waiting in the comfort of your own home means so much. Please ensure we NEVER LOSE THIS ONLINE DOCTOR SERVICE.
Anastasia, February 2021
What an awesome experience that was, no 2-4 hour waiting in a room with other sick people & noise. The Doctor provided great care & empathy. The whole process was amazing from the 5 minute notification to waiting in the virtual waiting room & choosing the pharmacy to send prescriptions to, it was a great experience. Thank you
Gerrard, March 2021
My experience was a seamless and professional. From online booking to payment. Got my reminder, both text and email. The Doctor was knowledgeable and had a great 'bed side' manner. I got my SMS to select a local pharmacy and got my medical certificate at the end of the consult. Brilliant, thank you.
Dee, December 2020
Such a seamless and stress free process, convenient and straight forward, the easiest option as opposed to making an appointment and going in to see the doctor. Less wait time, avoiding the queues, reasonable cost, highly recommend this service.
Molly, August 2020
Just leaving some feedback to let you know the Telehealth appointment was awesome! Being a mum, it can be such a hassle to take my baby with me to my normal GP office! The video call was so handy, I even did it in my dressing gown! My doctor was very thorough and got to know me. I will be recommending it to friends and family!
A'a, February 2021
My appointment using Bettr online consultation was excellent. The Dr was thorough and asked the right questions. I felt heard and taken seriously regarding my symptoms. I am so happy with my consultation and the service is awesome!!
Nadia, October 2020
Fabulous consult listened well to my concerns, awesome Doctor. Bettr is an amazing service that I find really helpful, fast and efficient! It's easy to see a doctor without sitting in a clinic for hours with children! Will definitely be back and will recommend to others.
Aveta, December 2020
I was scared at first but prepared myself 5 mins before my scheduled appointment, I was nervous but my video consult with the doctor went well. It's awesome. Where have you been all my life when I've been waiting in a line. Thank you.
Alfred, October 2020
That was the best phone call for help and advice that I’ve ever had. Dr Smart is an amazing person who has excellent empathy and should be commended. 10/10 would recommend.
Bailey, January 2021
I think this is an incredibly inclusive and progressive service and believe it will be beneficial to so many New Zealanders. Affordable, convenient and safe. I've already told many family and friends.
Ace, July 2020
I just wanted to voice how wonderful the video consultation was, it was easy and very convenient especially with a young toddler. Also just wanted to emphasise that the video consultation service you provide is the best thing I have experienced in health care. Thank you
Hargun, November 2020
I love it. It’s really good initiative. I don’t drive and every time I need to go to a clinic, I have to take a taxi or public transport. The travel and wait for the doctor saves so much time. Please keep online appointments going. Thank you!
Rinal, July 2020
This is amazing help for patients who can’t go out to a walk-in surgery. I had a really good experience. Thank you
Ita, February 2021
I love this service. There's no long waiting time at the clinic. I don't have to try find parking or use petrol to get to the clinic, and its done in the comfort of my own home. I love the reminder beforehand to get me ready. Continue this amazing service please.
Bunny, July 2020
I was sceptical about having a video call as I wanted the doctor to see my concerns but I’m comfortable that the doctor has given me the best treatment possible. Thank you
Taylor, July 2020
I have nothing but a positive response to my consultation. A much better experience than having to wait in the queue for 2 hours to only get a brief appointment with a Dr. The Dr was very informative, knowledgeable and caring. Thank you again.
Mitali, August 2020
Absolutely fantastic experience. Getting all my concerns resolved over a phone call face-to-face with the doctor is simply amazing.
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