What are Virtual Doctors?

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Virtual doctors or telehealth is defined as the distribution of health – or health related – services delivered through communication technologies such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets or computers. It is used to deliver remote health care to patients who are not in the same physical location as the health care provider – think Zoom but to see your doctor or health professional.

Modern technology, innovation and circumstance have all accelerated a shift, and advanced how healthcare is delivered to patients. Telehealth makes quality healthcare more accessible, and so much more convenient. Health providers can now collaborate more effectively and immediately, and can support patients from initial consultations through to remote follow-up care, all via online. Telehealth is delivered through phone and video calls, and can also include other online tools such as apps and patient portal systems. 

Telehealth Today

Telehealth has many different labels in 2021, from telemedicine to virtual doctors or online doctors. Online appointments have become even more relevant, with Covid-19 making it much more difficult and stressful to visit a doctor in-person in many places, and accelerating the uptake of remote care solutions. Telehealth helps you avoid both hassle and risk, letting you see a GP or health professional from the comfort of your couch, car or anywhere else you please. 

Bettr Telehealth consultations can be done by either voice or video call and all you need is your mobile device or computer and a good internet connection. If internet is a problem, a telehealth consultation can be done by phone too.  

Many illnesses or conditions can be taken care of through a virtual consultation with a GP, using just your computer, tablet or phone. Telehealth is also helpful in coordinating follow-up care like specialist treatment referrals (such as physiotherapy) or test referrals.

Despite some patients having concerns that a doctor might need to see them in person to correctly diagnose and treat, in most situations, ‘seeing’ the patient video, alongside their patient history and a good conversation is enough to ensure accurate treatment is possible. In instances where online consultations are not enough and a physical examination might be necessary, patients can be referred for a face-to-face visit as the next step. Bettr is part of Tamaki Health’s network that includes over 50 physical clinics across New Zealand, so it’s easy to take this step when it’s needed.  

You can see what issues are suitable and not suitable in our services section. 

With Bettr, you don’t even have to download an app. You simply join your consultation using your internet browser. Just click the invitation link you will receive via SMS or email. 

The benefits of online GP consultations are many, including: 

  • Zero travel time to your appointment
  • No waiting or queuing
  • See a doctor almost immediately, with same-day appointments often available
  • Take advantage of extended appointment hours – Bettr is available 7 days a week 8am–8pm
  • Stay safe at home without seeing other sick people 
  • Helping to create better access for more patients, making our health system fairer for everybody
  • Perfect for those with limited mobility and elderly or infirm patients who may struggle with transfers to appointments
  • Accessible for those who live in remote areas
  • Save money with lower cost appointments than in-person – Bettr offers New Zealand’s cheapest online consultations at just $10 if you are enrolled with our network.

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Testimonials

Sophie, June 2021

The experience was amazingly awesome, relaxed and simple. Your doctor Antonio was wonderful. Very easy to chat and laugh with. Keep him on definitely!!! Overall AAA+. Nice to know this service is so readily available when you really need it. Thank you so much. Don't change anything! Your awesome!!

Lee, May 2021

I love how we can see a doctor online and get a prescription. So awesome. I really appreciate it, as I wasn't feeling well enough to go anywhere. But having your doctor online is amazing. Doctor Fazlus is the best. Thanks Bettr.

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

Ringakapo, June 2021

As a first time user using this website it was awesome as having a booked appointment made my day so much easier. As I could do other errands instead of sitting in the Doctor's surgery waiting for a couple of hours to be seen to. I would highly recommend this service if you don't need to see a Doctor in person.

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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If you require face to face to treatment following your online consult, you can be referred to one of our nearly 50 GP clinics from Whangarei to Christchurch.