Medical bills have grown more expensive over the past couple of decades. At the same time, the Internet has come to play an ever-bigger role in our lives. At a certain point, it was only natural that these two factors should converge to create a demand for telehealth online medical services, such as those listed here.
No, not WebMD – “MeMD” is a service that allows you to connect via webcam to a nurse practitioner or physician with just a few clicks. You cannot order lab tests, but you can discuss a wide variety of symptoms, ask for prescriptions, and urgent care services are just $67, while talk therapy is $87, and psychiatry service starts at $229.
This site boasts more than 3,000 doctors who cover around 80 different medical specializations, meaning you have a lot of variety and expertise from which to choose. iCliniq also archives general questions and answers from previous patients, so you can see if your question has already been asked. Consultations are available for services such as oncology, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, sexology, dermatology, and dentistry. Your first question on the site is free, after which the company offers plans of $30 for 50 hours or $50 for 100 hours.
- LiveHealth Online
This is another service that allows live consultations via webcam, with doctors standing by 24/7 to cover a range of issues. It is an affordable option to those without health insurance, with visits costing $59 without a plan, though several major health insurance companies do cover visits.
Doctors on this site can cover everything from the common cold and flu to acne and more serious skin conditions to birth control and STIs. They specialize in diagnostics, though certain conditions may be eligible for treatment, and if this is the case, a nurse practitioner will receive your report. The service on the whole costs $9 without insurance.
Each of these options offers an innovative approach to medicine in the online age, offering new and more affordable consultation options to patients everywhere.