In a Nutshell
- Much more cost-effective than other options
- E-medical records with 24/7 access from anywhere
- Expands treatment options and helps you save
- Relatively high per-visit costs
- Not all medical issues covered
SAMI-Aid at a Glance
How Can I Get Treatment?: Phone, video calls, app
Urgent Care Fee: $39.99-$59.99
Accepted Insurance: None
Medications Prescribed: Most medications, except sleeping, weight loss, and hair loss medications and controlled substances
Hour of Operation: 24/7
Follow up Consultations: Available, not included
How Does SAMI-Aid Work?
The basic premise of SAMI-Aid is simple: connect with a doctor or nurse whenever you need medical advice or guidance, and save on the expensive urgent care or doctor’s visit fees. Since everything is done online, SAMI-Aid is also a faster and more convenient way for most people to get the medical guidance they need. And it’s on the spot. There are appointments available via the phone or video chat, and you can choose to speak to a nurse or doctor about your medical issue. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Start by signing up for SAMI-Aid. The application is free, and there’s no commitment to use the service.
Step 2: Next, decide if you want to speak with a nurse or a doctor about your medical issue. Some issues require a doctor for treatment, while others can be handled by an RN, which costs less.
- Visiting a nurse:
If you’ve chosen to see a nurse, you will be connected to a registered nurse immediately. They can answer your questions about general health, nutrition, and mental health. You can speak to a nurse over the phone 24/7.
- Visiting a doctor:
Alternatively, you can opt to see a doctor. This is a better choice if you need a prescription, have a more involved medical issue to discuss, or want to speak to someone over a video chat. Doctors are available 24/7, but you may have to wait on the line until an appointment opens up.
Alternatively, you can book an appointment with the doctor or nurse of your choice by going through the SAMI-Aid online system. Go online or call, pick your doctor, and schedule the time that works for you. Then, your doctor will review your medical history, discuss your options, and give you the necessary treatment details, including prescriptions, physician reports, and lab tests.
What Does SAMI-Aid Treat?
SAMI-Aid employs both registered nurses and board-certified doctors who are able to advise upon and treat a number of health issues. Some of the medical needs that SAMI-Aid professionals are able to help with include:
- Family medicine
- Internal medicine
- Nutrition and diet counseling
SAMI-Aid is also available for remote mental health services. This is a big benefit for people who are avoiding professional help for a mental or emotional issue because of the stigma attached to these services. SAMI-Aid provides mental health services from the comfort and privacy of your home. So, you can get issues like anxiety, depression, or addiction treated without anyone knowing.
SAMI-Aid does not cover certain medical issues, including:
- UTIs in males or females under the age of 18
- Fevers under the age of 3
- Ear infections under the age of 12
- Emergency medical situations (bleeding, heart attack, etc.)
How Much Does SAMI-Aid Cost?
SAMI-Aid offers some services for free and others that are for pay. The free services include:
- Physician price search
This lets you find and compare different doctors in your area based on your location and how much they charge for visits. This is also a convenient way of finding a specialist near you quickly (regardless of price comparison).
- Medical tourism wizard
This helps pair patients up with an international destination that specializes in the treatment they require. Medical tourism is a good solution for people who don’t have health insurance to cover an expensive procedure or treatment because SAMI-Aid can help them find destinations that cost 30%-80% less than the average price for the same treatment in your current location. The medical tourism wizard helps you find these destinations so that you can get the medical treatments you need, save on treatments, and enjoy your stay at the same time.
- Electronic medical storage
This is a convenient feature if you want to keep your medical records consistent (so your care can remain consistent). It’s also helpful if you want to be able to access your medical records from anywhere and at any time via the cloud.
Free membership also gives you access to the pharmacy database. If you want to speak to a doctor or nurse, get a prescription filled, or get more involved medical care, you can pay for a private consultation as follows:
It's not available yet, but SAMI-Aid is working on a premium membership option, as well. This will include things like a 24/7 concierge telehealth line and discounts on providers and services, as well as more advanced features.
Does SAMI-Aid Take Insurance?
SAMI-Aid does not currently accept health insurance as payment for its services.
What Do People Say About SAMI-Aid?
“Was great to find a doctor online. I got sick when I was travelling for work a few weeks ago and couldn't find any available doctors or urgent cares in town. I Googled Sami-aid, connected to Dr, and got an antibiotic. Would definitely recommend.” Toure
“The call center agents were so helpful; they were with me every step of the way. I was really nervous at first (because I'd never used them), but now I'll never use another online urgent care.” Pam
“This was one of the best decisions I've made recently. The Doctor was wonderful .. professional and prompt. My prescription was called into my pharmacy within minutes of completion of our call.... Overall great experience. I definitely recommend this service. I'll be using this again.” Stacey
Q: Does SAMI-Aid prescribe medicine?
Q: Can SAMI-Aid give me a doctor’s note?
Q: Do I need a subscription for SAMI-Aid?
Q: What hours does SAMI-Aid have appointments available?
A: SAMI-Aid is available 24/7.
SAMI-Aid is a convenient way for people to get the medical assistance they need quickly. With free services and affordable plans, SAMI-Aid makes good medical treatment available to anyone. And since it’s all done online or over the phone, you can get medical assistance no matter where you are.