Okay… Now Turn Your Mouse and Cough

Ready to get started?

Your quotes are always free.

Tim is a licensed life insurance agent with 23 years of experience helping people protect their families and businesses with term life insurance. He writes and creates stuff for QuickQuote and other insurance and financial websites...

Full Bio →

Written by

UPDATED: Feb 25, 2020

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right coverage choices.

Advertiser Disclosure: We strive to help you make confident insurance decisions. Comparison shopping should be easy. We partner with top insurance providers. This doesn't influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about life insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything life insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by life insurance experts.

Aetna, Inc. and Cigna Corp, two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, recently announce they will begin paying for physician visits conducted over the Internet. Yes, you can visit your doctor via the Web in the form of a virtual office visit, and your insurance will pay for it (if you are a member of one of these health insurance companies and your plan covers this service, of course).

Aetna recently expanded a pilot program nationally from three initial states. The most common method of Web visits currently used is email correspondence. But even that is used very rarely. In a recent survey of California residents, only 4 percent of respondents indicated they have consulted with a physician via email.

The service is most likely to appeal to those looking for convenience, not necessarily cost savings. While Aetna pays its providers $25-$35 for a Web visit and $35-$100 for an office visit, patients will most likely have the same copayment for both services.

Technology to the rescue once again.

Ready to get started?

Your quotes are always free.

Free Car Insurance Comparison

Compare Quotes From Top Companies and Save

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption