A few days back we reported the introduction of video doctor consultation service by the jubilee insurance through SASAdoctor, today, Minet insurance brokerage firm has joined the bandwagon with a similar service. Customers on Minet insurance will now be able to get online live video medical consultation service right from their homes.
The move comes in the wake of covid-19 pandemic that’s restricted most Kenyans from movement to avoid further spread of the virus. Telemedicine solution is particularly a new area that insurers are exploiting the possibilities of technological advancements in bringing services to their customers.
Kenya’s current corona virus count as of this post stands at slightly over 200 people with barely over 10 people having succumbed to the virus. The government directed Kenyan’s to exercise social distancing as the virus is mainly transmitted from infected people, or objects when they come in contact with those that do not have.
Speaking on the launch of the SASAdoctor service, Minet Kenya Chief Executive Officer Sammy Muthui said the telemedicine solution would provide an ideal means for the insurer to offer certain types of patient care to its employees and clients during this period of Coronavirus pandemic. He also added the insurer was hopeful that services offered will play a vital role in preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus, since SASAdoctor will tend to the patients remotely to mitigate the risk of transmission.
On top of the above benefits, customers are guaranteed to access online doctors at a highly discounted consultation fee, thus conserving member benefits for longer Muthui added.
Through the development, Minet employees and selected clients will have access to qualified medical specialists remotely, thereby minimizing traffic to healthcare centres and other medical facilities. SASA doctor service is available to patients at any given time of the day with designated pharmacies and follow-ups for members with chronic conditions.
For medical issues that require blood samples taken, there will be designated laboratory sample collection points with concierge services and medication at discounted rates of 15 percent to 25 percent off retail prices, delivered to the homes of the patients.
Among the ailments that will be treated through the virtual clinic include gastrointestinal infections, depression, and anxiety, menstrual problems, STIs, chronic conditions like diabetes & high blood pressure, colds and coughs as well as skin and eye infections.