[Release] As Flu Season Shows No Sign of Letting Up, Medi-Share Members Skip the Lines — and the Germs

Jan. 31, 2019

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Flu season is upon us with a vengeance, with 30 states reporting widespread influenza activity, between 8 million and 9.5 million Americans already impacted, and “approximately 100,000 people have been hospitalized for complications resulting from the flu.” Unfortunately, when suspected flu symptoms require medical attention, many families have little choice other than to wait for hours at a cramped doctor’s office where they will likely be exposed to the virus if they don’t have it already.

Medi-Share members have another alternative—it’s called MDLive, and it provides online visits with board-certified doctors. Michael Gardner, senior director of communication for Medi-Share notes:

“Health care should be simple, safe, fast and uncomplicated. That’s why we partnered with MDLive to make it easy to visit a doctor online in minutes, without ever leaving your home, your job or wherever you are. In fact, we believe so strongly in the concept of online visits that we provide it as a free benefit for our members.”


MDLive’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lyle Berkowitz provided this vital perspective:

“This is clearly another bad flu season, resulting in overcrowding of the traditional brick and mortar offices and emergency rooms. Additionally, the CDC and others have asked patients to not go into physical facilities to see a doctor if they just have mild symptoms of the flu, as that care can be done easily online and going into offices may actually wind up exposing more people to the flu.”


Medi-Share members can contact a doctor by phone or video via MDLive right in the Medi-Share mobile app and quickly get answers to vital questions, like what home and OTC remedies to try, whether prescription medications like Tamiflu or inhalers are appropriate, and when they should consider going to an urgent care or emergency room setting. MDLive empowers Medi-Share members to get high-quality care in a convenient, safe manner and economical manner.

To discover more about the many perks that Medi-Share members enjoy or explore if Medi-Share is the right solution for you and your family, visit www.MediShare.com



About Medi-Share
Florida-based Christian Care Ministry operates the Medi-Share health care sharing program through which members voluntarily and directly share each other’s medical bills. Since the program’s inception in 1993, Medi-Share members have shared more than $2 billion in medical bills. And because of access to an extensive network of more than 700,000 health care providers, members have saved an additional $1.3 billion in medical costs during that time. Medi-Share has over 400,000 members in all 50 states.

More than just health care, Christian Care Ministry is a community of people who share their lives, faith, talents and resources and pray for and encourage one another. For more information, visit Medishare.com.

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About MDLive
Founded in 2009, MDLIVE is a visionary and pioneer in the digital delivery of high-quality, convenient, cost-efficient care. The company provides consumers, health plans, health systems and self-insured employers with 24/7 year-round access to board-certified doctors and pediatricians via secure online video, phone or the MDLIVE app. 

Instead of the inconvenience and expense of ER or urgent care visits for nonemergency issues, registered users can receive a virtual consultation through the company’s HIPAA and PHI-compliant secure, cloud-based platform from home or on the go, and if necessary, obtain an e-prescription. Through Breakthrough, the company’s behavioral health service, MDLIVE enables consumers to schedule video appointments with licensed therapists. 

To learn more about how MDLIVE is using telehealth innovations to improve the delivery of health care, visit www.MDLIVE.com.