AveraNow Gives Family a Fast, Affordable Option for Strep
Mary Schilling, a Sioux Falls, SD project manager and mother of two young children, woke up one morning with a bad feeling. “All of the sudden my throat hurt really badly and I knew it was more than a cold. I suspected it was strep throat,” she recalled.
Her husband, Randy, woke up to the same feeling.
To add to the unlucky sequence of events, Mary was in between jobs and without health insurance. “I was two weeks away from starting a new job and my new insurance wouldn’t kick in until 30 days after starting. Going to the clinic and paying out-of-network pricing wasn’t on the list of bills I was looking forward to paying.”
At the time, Mary didn’t know that AveraNow locations at Hy-Vee grocery stores in Sioux Falls also offer Avera QuickLabs that can test for strep throat. So instead, they went to another lab testing location in town. Her intuition was correct – both she and her husband had strep throat.
Quick Virtual Access to a Provider
To get a prescription for the antibiotics they needed, Mary knew they would need to see a doctor. After some quick online research, they decided to go to an AveraNow kiosk in Hy-Vee where they could see a provider almost immediately – even without an appointment – for a flat fee of $49 each.
“It was my first time with any sort of virtual doctor visit so I didn’t know what to expect,” she recalled. “But the description of what to do was really easy to follow. I also appreciated that they show you a wait time so you know how much longer until you’re able to see a provider. Within 15 minutes I showed my lab results, got my prescription order and was on my way to pick it up.”
For added convenience, the AveraNow provider was able to have their prescriptions filled at the same Hy-Vee location.
“It was fast, convenient and affordable. I’d absolutely do it again if something came up and I needed to get in right away,” she said.
Unfortunately it didn’t take long before they’d have the opportunity to try out the AveraNow app. Less than two months later both Mary and Randy were hit with strep throat again. But this time, they knew exactly where to go for everything they needed.
“[AveraNow] was fast, convenient and affordable. To get health care on your phone for a reasonable price – you can’t beat that,” she added.
Expert Care for Common Illnesses
AveraNow providers are available 24/7 to diagnose and treat a variety of symptoms, including:
- Acid reflux
- Cold sores
- Pink eye
- Seasonal allergies
- Sinus infections
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infections (for females ages 16-65)
Learn more at Avera.org/now.