The Babylon app can serve as a new tool for Albertans to access health-care information and support in response to COVID-19 – from anywhere in the province. Albertans can use the service to check symptoms, book appointments, see a doctor and get prescriptions and referrals for diagnostic imaging and specialists, which is all covered by Alberta Health Care.
All physicians providing advice via telephone, email and videoconferencing, including virtual care, can bill for services. This includes care related to COVID-19 as well as care not related to the virus. The code will remain active as long as the chief medical officer of health determines it should remain active.
Find more information about Babylon by TELUS Health and download the app here.
Albertans are also able to call their doctors for advice about COVID-19.
Earlier this week, the province announced a new billing code for doctors, which will allow them to bill $20 per call to help advise their patients on COVID-19. This billing code was also enacted during the H1N1 outbreak of 2009.
To further ease the burden on the healthcare system and Health Link 811, the province launched an online self-assessment tool which has been accessed millions of times since it went live earlier this week.
The Babylon app was already available in British Columbia.
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