Doctor on Demand is one of a new breed of telehealth services such as MDLIVE, American Well, TeleDoc, and Google Helpouts that are beginning to dot the healthcare landscape. They are designed to give you immediate access to a doctor so getting medical attention is more convenient and accessible for everybody. This means you no longer have to sit around an urgent care wait room full of germs and sick people just for a bad cold. It also means you don’t have to take a big chunk of time out of work or haul a sick child down to an office to see a doctor. Instead, you can get on your laptop or mobile device and easily talk to a doctor from the comfort of your home or office. Depending on your needs, there is a range of telehealth and telemedicine options out there these days.
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For a quick diagnoses and prescription for something like a cold or yeast infection, Zipnosis offers 5 minute online doctor diagnoses at $25 per illness. You can also get fast answers for your health condition using popular smartphone health apps like AskMD and HealthTap which give you free access to instant doctor answers. Full-fledged live doctor video consultations with primary care physicians, specialists, and therapists are also now available. Virtual care platforms that have these services include MDLIVE ($45/consultation for doctor or therapist), American Well ($49/consultation), TeleDoc ($38/consultation + $150 annual membership fee), Google Helpouts for Health (price set by individual health providers), and of course, Doctor on Demand ($40/consultation).
Even Dr. Phil Recommends Doctor on Demand Video Visits
Aside from media exposure from TV personality Dr. Phillip McGraw, a.k.a. Dr. Phil, some of the differences with Doctor on Demand are that it allows you to see a doctor without being a part of a health plan or employer group. It also charges based on time (like lawyers) rather than a simple per visit fee at a $40 per 15 minutes rate. (However, Doctor on Demand notes that most video doctor consultations are resolved in 7 to 9 minutes.) It also employs doctors to work scheduled shifts rather than have doctors subscribe to the service to see patients whenever they have some down time. Its physicians get to take home $30, while Doctor on Demand gets a $10 cut.
As mentioned earlier, Doctor on Demand also gets an extra lot of love from the media. Dr. Phil has evaluated the telehealth app on his own TV show as well as on The Doctors. (Dr. Phil also sits on its advisory board and happens to be the father of one of the co-founders, Jay McGraw). In addition, Doctor on Demand has received $3 million in seed funding from an impressive list of investors including Venrock, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Athena Health CEO Jonathan Bush, and of course, Dr. Phil.
Doctor on Demand consultations are currently available in the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Video Visits With Your Doctor A Growing Frontier
Even without media hype, virtual doctor visits are a clearly growing healthcare option. Long touted as a solution to healthcare accessibility for patients in underserved and rural areas, telehealth is also seen as a way to help lower healthcare costs and improve effectiveness, cover doctor shortages anticipated with the Affordable Care Act, and to make healthcare more convenient overall. Furthermore, video doctor visits are also benefiting doctors. According to a recent study, 80% of doctors are using mobile devices in their day-to-day practice, and MedCity reports that ”many are choosing to work remotely and consult with patients on video chat services.”
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