Vala is a UK-based telemedicine platform that offers affordable monthly subscriptions for unlimited access to remote consultations, specialist referrals, and prescriptions.
Though people are quickly becoming more comfortable accessing their primary care through telemedicine, the digital health solution doesn’t solve the pressure on healthcare. The strain on available appointments remains, with many people seeking help for urgent or long-term problems rather than preventative healthcare. In the UK, a typical appointment with an NHS GP is ten minutes long.
By providing a monthly subscription plan, Vala offers a solution that makes patients feel comfortable requesting the time they need to go over all of their health questions and concerns. Vala, based in the UK, offers monthly subscriptions to individuals and employers. Patients with the plan have unlimited monthly access to GPs, specialist advice, and referrals to other specialists.
Patients can schedule an appointment for any time that suits them best and discuss their concern(s) during the consultation through video chat. Each appointment slot is 20 minutes, allowing plenty of time to discuss the symptoms and care plan in detail. The aim is to focus on lifestyle factors and provide a holistic approach to improve wellbeing. This includes varied professionals such as dieticians, physiotherapists and psychotherapists. If needed, a doctor can prescribe medication directly through the platform, which is delivered to the patient’s door or order tests. For patients who are only looking for a one-off appointment, a pay-as-you-go option is also available. Vala is currently offering PCR test kits within the UK to test for Covid-19.