Windfall, Inc., a group purchasing organization providing discounts to small businesses and associations, now offers Teladoc, a service of WellCloudMD online wellness solutions, to its members. Teladoc, founded in 2002, is the first and largest telehealth provider in the U.S., serving more than nine million members across the country.

Windfall members who register for WellCloudMD services have access to Teladoc, a U.S. board-certified physician 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. After completing an online questionnaire about their health history and medications, members can schedule a time to speak with a physician either on the phone or through a video chat. If the physician decides a prescription is necessary, he or she will send the prescription order to a nearby pharmacy. Teladoc consultations do not have time limits, and most patients are put in contact with a doctor within approximately 20 minutes.

Health care costs have risen anywhere from 3.3 to 8.5 percent per year since 2007, according to a survey of U.S. employers by Aon Hewitt. And Americans are waiting longer than ever to see their primary-care physicians after making an appointment. A study by the Commonwealth Fund, which studies health care issues internationally, found that Americans wait six days or more on average for appointments. Teladoc addresses these both of these issues by providing members with quick and affordable access to board-certified physicians.

Teladoc services are available for many common, non-emergency medical issues, such as cold and flu symptoms, bronchitis, allergies, poison ivy, pink eye, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, sinus problems and ear infections. Patients’ electronic medical records are kept secure in accordance with HIPAA protocols, and patients may choose to share their Teladoc records with their primary care physician. And because Teladoc provides an alternative to costly urgent care and emergency room visits for its users, it can provide huge savings to companies. For example, one national retailer that implemented Teladoc in 2011 saved more than $1.2 million that would otherwise have been spent on urgent care or ER visits.

Windfall offers membership to the entire WellCloudMD package for $17.95 per month, which covers Teladoc services for an entire household, and there is no additional per-use fee. In addition, members have access to myPersonalWellnessGuide.com, a comprehensive online solution that empowers users to manage their health, nutrition, fitness and emotional well-being through an online platform.

“Offering Teladoc services to our members gives us another great way to empower associations and small businesses to provide the very best to their employees at a great discount,” said Donna Marks, CEO of Windfall. “This exciting partnership allows our members to offer a value-added health benefit to their employees at minimal cost.”

For more information about Windfall or Teladoc or to join, call 866.776.1453 or visit windfall.savingcenter.net.