Virtual Care for Kids now providing coronavirus prescreenings, waived copays for pediatric telemedicine visits

The urgent care chain is offering coronavirus prescreenings, waived copays and discounts to the uninsured for all telemedicine visits. (Courtesy Virtual Care for Kids)
The urgent care chain is offering coronavirus prescreenings, waived copays and discounts to the uninsured for all telemedicine visits. (Courtesy Virtual Care for Kids)

The urgent care chain is offering coronavirus prescreenings, waived copays and discounts to the uninsured for all telemedicine visits. (Courtesy Virtual Care for Kids)

A statewide pediatric urgent care with locations in Frisco, Plano, McKinney and Keller is offering coronavirus prescreenings, waived copays and discounts to the uninsured for all telemedicine visits.

Urgent Care for Kids, a pediatric urgent care chain in Texas, has long provided telemedicine for patients through its Virtual Care for Kids team. This team announced its new offerings March 19 to help families avoid exposure to coronavirus in medical facilities, said Melissa Bauman, the urgent care chain’s senior vice president of telemedicine.

“We were ready; we’ve been doing this for so long,” Bauman said.

While the Virtual Care for Kids team is seeing an influx of telemedicine visits, pediatric patients ages 0-21 can expect to wait less than a minute to see a pediatrician or pediatric provider, Bauman said.

“We’re extremely staffed to be equipped for this,” she said.


Bauman said much of the telemedicine visit volumes are due to coronavirus concerns from parents. It is why Virtual Care for Kids started providing virtual prescreenings for the virus so children and their families do not risk exposure in an emergency room.

To reach as many patients as possible, Virtual Care for Kids is waiving all copay fees regardless of insurance, Bauman said. Those without insurance will be “heavily” discounted, she said.

“We understand this is an alarming time for people,” Bauman said. “We don’t want the socioeconomic status of family to prevent them from receiving the medical care they need.”

Virtual visits are accessible on any smartphone, tablet or computer between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day of the week.

For more information, visit https://urgentcarekids.com/pediatric-telemedicine-for-kids.
By Elizabeth Ucles

Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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