Video Visits Via MyChart for COVID-19 or Respiratory Symptoms

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Talk to a provider from the comfort and safety of your own home using your smartphone or computer.

If you have flu symptoms or health concerns related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can schedule a video visit with one of our providers.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills in the last 24 hours
  • New or worsening cough
  • New or worsening sore throat
  • New or worsening shortness of breath
  • Sinus congestion or runny nose
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

More COVID-19 testing options—even before you leave home

If you have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms or think you’ve been infected, UI Health Care makes it easier for you to check your symptoms and decide what to do next, right from the comfort of home.

Use your MyChart account to check your symptoms. Our easy-to-use symptom checker will help you decide if you need to be tested. Or you can talk to one of our providers about your symptoms in a telehealth video visit.

From testing to care, faster

And if you do need a test, we’ve got follow-up options to make sure you get the care you need as soon as possible.

  • You’ll get your results within 24 hours.
  • You’ll get recommendations for any medications or care you may need after your test.
  • You’ll have access to our home monitoring program, which lets COVID-19 patients who qualify stay at home while receiving their care.

Get started now. Log in to your MyChart account and answer the questions in our symptom checker.

If you don’t have a MyChart account, it’s easy to get started.

How to schedule

  1. Once in MyChart, select “Schedule an Appointment.”
  2. Choose “UI Quick Care Video visit."
  3. Fill out the brief questionnaire about your symptoms. 
  4. Select an available time for your appointment. 
  5. Complete e-Check In. 

Schedule a video visit through MyChart

Don't have the MyChart app? Get it on your device:


For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 immediately.


Telehealth Video Visit

If you do not have insurance

UI Health Care will waive your patient out-of-pocket costs during the pandemic. You will not be billed for the cost of your COVID-19 telehealth video visit. Any care beyond the telehealth visit will fall under normal billing processes. Learn more about alternative sources of funding for your medical care.

If you have insurance


Your insurance plan will determine what your co-pay or co-insurance liability might be. Many insurers may waive patient portions for these services. You do not have to pay at the time of your visit to receive care. Your normal co-pay will be expected to be paid at the time of service for prescriptions and follow-up visits. 


Many insurance plans may cover part of the visit. You will be billed later for the difference, just like you would for any other visit. To understand your cost, please contact your health plan.

If we determine that a telehealth video visit is not appropriate for your situation, there will be no charge, and the provider will assist you in identifying next steps.

COVID-19 Test

The cost for a University of Iowa Health Care COVID-19 lab test is $190. Insurance companies across the state of Iowa, including Medicare, Medicaid, Wellmark, Aetna, and United Healthcare have agreed to waive cost-sharing if COVID-19 testing is necessary.

For uninsured patients, UI Health Care will waive your patient out-of-pocket costs during the pandemic.

While the cost of the COVID-19 test may be covered, other medical care costs related to your illness will depend on your insurance coverage. These medical costs could include other services, such as testing for the flu or other respiratory illnesses.

Additional information regarding health insurance and the coronavirus is available from the Iowa Insurance Division.

Who is eligible?

Video visits are available to anyone age 6 months and older. Children need to have their own MyChart account. For children less than 6 months, you should contact your primary care provider or schedule a visit at one of our UI Urgent Care locations.

If you are located in Iowa, University of Iowa Health Care providers are able to provide you care during a video visit. If you will be located in a state outside of Iowa and need care from a University of Iowa Health Care provider, please follow-up with your provider.

When can you schedule a video visit?

UI Health Care Video Visit Hours
Day of the Week Hours of Operation
Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.