DoctorsinItaly Help Page

Most frequent questions and answers

payment

Each provider sets her own fee. You can see the cost before booking and choose the one you prefer. You can expect to pay from 20 EUR for a video consultation and up to 150 EUR or more for an in-person appointment with a medical specialist. 

It depends on the medication. Antibiotics and pain killers are usually very cheap (e.g. Z-Pak 7.82 EUR while Advil 30 tablets cost 3.72 EUR). Both medications require a medical prescription to be bought at a pharmacy. If you’re concerned about the cost ask the doctor to prescribe you the cheapest available variant of each drug. 

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment that you have already booked, you can contact us via email at [email protected] or via whatsapp using this link

You can change or cancel any appointment at no charge within 24 hours from the time of such booked appointment.

Please note that cancelling or rescheduling should be exceptional. We encourage patients to honor booked appointments. 

If your Provider cancels the appointment after you have booked, you will be offered an alternative appointment or a full refund. 

Most travel insurances require you to pay in advance and claim for a refund. At the moment it’s not possible to pay directly with travel insurance but you will be able to use the invoice from the doctor to request a refund to your insurance provider. If you have any questions regarding your plan, we encourage you to call your insurance company directly. If you hold an insurance that allows us to arrange direct billing, contact us to arrange the payment at our email [email protected]

No, the Italian or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC or “Tessera Sanitaria” in Italy) is not a valid payment method on DoctorsinItaly. It can only be used with public health services.

Booking through DoctorsinItaly is free! You will only pay the doctor’s fee with no extra charge. 

For in-person appointments you will receive the invoice at the end of the consultation. For online appointments the doctor will send you the invoice via email. In both cases, you will receive it after your appointment has happened by the doctor.

video visit

The doctor will email it to you or send it through Whatsapp after the consultation. You can print it or show it to the pharmacist to buy the medication.

The doctor will send it to you after the consultation. It usually takes a few minutes, up to one hour.

You don’t need to download any app. The video visit works in your browser. You will receive a message via email or Whatsapp from DoctorsinItaly. Just click on the link inside the email/Whatsapp and you will be redirected to launch the video visit from your browser. 

What you will need for a great video visit: 

  • High-speed wi-fi is recommended (cellular signal may cause choppy video)
  • Remember to charge or plug your device in
  • Find a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be interrupted
  • Make sure to use a supported browser (Chrome or Safari)
  • Join the video visit a few minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the quick audio/video test to confirm your camera and audio are enabled

 

At the time of the appointment you will be able to join the video visit. If your provider is more than 10 minutes late,  please contact us via email or Whatsapp and we’ll help you connect.

  • Reload your browser. Your browser needs to be refreshed from time to time. Don’t just close it. Quit and open it again. 
  • Turn off ad blockers or try incognito or private mode. Especially if you have browser extensions like ad blockers, they can block your camera and microphone. Incognito and private mode do not load your browser extensions.
  • Check how many open tabs you have in your browser (close all the other tabs except the video visit)
  • Check the speed of your internet connection hereBoth you and the provider need an upload and download speed of at least 3 Mbps to have a good call
  • Click this Google browser test: https://test.webrtc.org and see if it finds issues
  • If audio is the issue try playing a Youtube video to ensure that your sound is working correctly. Use earbuds, it helps with echo. 
  • If you’re using headphones or an external microphone or camera, make sure they are plugged in correctly
  • Check your browser permissions: 
    • Safari: Open preferences, go to the Websites tab, 
      • Click Camera and Allow video.doctorsinitaly.com
      • Click Microphone, allow video.doctorsinitaly.com
    • Chrome: Open settings, go to Privacy and Security, Site Settings
      • Click Camera and allow video.doctorsinitaly to have access to your camera.
      • Click Microphone and allow video.doctorsinitaly.com to have access to your microphone.

A video visit is certainly the fastest way to see a doctor and get treated for a UTI. Most of the times the questions asked by the doctor during the video visit will provide her enough information to decide the right treatment for your case. In a minority of cases the video visit is not sufficient and a in-person appointment has to be scheduled. If a lab test is required the doctor will provide a referral so you can get the test done at a lab near you.

Yes, you can. Although it’s not guaranteed that you will receive an offer, it’s not uncommon to see doctors offer appointments during night-time.

Of course. Prescription refills can easily be done through a video consultation. The only exception is for controlled substances that will require an in-person visit. In your request it’s best to specify for what type of condition or medication you need a refill, so that doctors will know whether they can help you before offering assistance.

Of course, you can ask the doctor to send you a medical report together with the invoice. The report will mention your diagnosis, so you can share it with your insurance provider.

No, in order to prevent abuse,  controlled substances require an in-person visit and a physical prescription. Not all doctors can prescribe them, so make sure to specify what you need in the description to avoid having a consultation with a doctor who can’t help you.

APPOINTMENTS

It’s easy! Just visit our homepage and press “See a doctor”. 

Answer a few questions and explain your need. An email or Whatsapp will be sent to you to confirm your request. Once confirmed, your request will reach all available doctors who will offer you an appointment through your preferred contact channel (either email or Whatsapp). 

Each time a doctor offers you an appointment we’ll send you a link. Click on the link and we’ll show you the list of the doctors who have answered to your request. 

You can view their available times, qualifications, verified reviews from other English-speaking patients and the cost of the visit. Just click on the appointment time you’d like and follow the prompts to book and pay for your appointment in minutes. 

All the doctors available on DoctorsinItaly speak English fluently. They are vetted one by one for their cultural competence and medical skills. Many of them have studied or worked abroad.

Single providers and DoctorsinItaly Centres are available throughout Italy. When you submit a request you will be informed promptly if your area is covered by our service. 

Changing your appointment time is possible if you contact us more than 24h before your appointment. For last minute changes, you can contact us anyway and we’ll check with the doctor if a change is still possible.

All doctors who offered you an appointment have read your request and think they can help you based on their qualifications and the description of your needs you provided in the form. You can independently choose the provider who best fits your needs based on their education, verified reviews from other English-speaking patients, and of course the cost and the time of the appointment.

When you book an appointment through DoctorsinItaly you receive confirmation of your payment and the details of the appointment through your preferred contact channel (either email or Whatsapp). You’re appointment is booked! The doctor has also received confirmation and will see you at the scheduled time.

You can reach out to us via email to [email protected] to request a doctor’s contact. You’ll need to confirm your booking ID to obtain the doctor’s contact information.

When you fill in the form you will be required to explain how the doctor can help you. This is the place to describe  your need in plain language.  Provide the doctors with enough information to let them understand if they can help you and give you a precise quotation. If you’re looking for a physician who performs a specific procedure you can type it there. Please don’t enter personal details like names or contact details in this field, just a description of your needs.

It’s not always easy to understand which doctor or medical specialist is the most appropriate for your case. When in doubt it’s reasonable to choose a primary care provider. They have the skills to diagnose and treat most common disorders and, even when they can’t, they will point you in the right direction to solve your issue faster. A video consultation with a primary care doctor can help you get referrals for tests, x-rays, diagnostic imaging, health checks and screenings, or for the right specialist for your condition.

We believe skills, experience and quality of care are more important than the age or sex of the provider. For this reason you will not find this kind of filter. Nonetheless as the comfort and trust of the patient is of utmost importance, you will be able to choose, among those providers who offered you an appointment, the one that best suits your needs, based on all the information that you have about them. 

Ultrasounds are available within the medical area they fall into. For example if you need a pelvic ultrasound you can request a gynecologist, if you need an abdominal ultrasound you can request a gastroenterologist or internist.

At the moment is not possible to schedule x-ray, MRI, CT-scan and other more complex imaging exams through DoctorsinItaly.

Yes, you don’t need a referral to see a medical specialist through DoctorsinItaly. If you are not sure which specialist is appropriate for your case you can choose a primary care physician.

Each doctor has a personal web page where you can easily book a new appointment. After the first consultation you will receive the address of the doctor’s page for future reference. 

COVID TESTING

It’s easy. Just visit our dedicated page and fill out the form. You will receive an email from DoctorsinItaly with the list of lab close to your selected location, their contact details or, if available, a link to the page to book online your appointment. The email contains also a link to a coupon to get special fee and results in English. Just download it and show it at the testing site the day of your test. 

COVID test results time vary from one lab to the other, the vast majority are ready within 48 hours for  the PCR swab test – and within a few hours for the rapid test. Pay attention to local public holidays (e.g. Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome on June 29th, Ferragosto throughout Italy on August 15th) as they may cause delays.
Test results turnaround time is calculated from the moment the sample arrives at the laboratory, so a collection site may experience delays if the lab picks up the samples on the following day. Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel, so make sure you plan the collection ahead of your departure. Same day results for COVID-19 test are available only if you do the rapid test (antigen), but mind that many airlines and destinations do not accept it and will require a negative PCR test for COVID-19.

If you use our referral coupon and go to one of the listed labs that accept it, you will pay 55 euros for a PCR swab and 22 euros for a rapid test. More information here

The link to the coupon is in the email from DoctorsinItaly with the list of labs. You can also download it here.

The referral coupon is accepted only at the labs listed in the email you received. Labs that are not included in the list you receive via email are not going to honor the discount and can have a much higher cost.

One coupon can be used for all your bookings, just show it at the testing site when you go in to collect the sample to get the reduced fee. 

Covid vaccine is administered only by public health centres and in some pharmacies. Unfortunately DoctorsinItaly cannot help you with that.

No, for two reasons. First, due to Covid regulations walk-ins are not allowed and an appointment is mandatory. Second, only some clinics are also testing sites. If you wish to know if a clinic near you provides Covid swab tests you can send us an email at [email protected]