Doctors On Demand

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One of the best known tech sites, Re/code.net, did a review this week on Doctors on Demand, a web and app-based medical video service. That means, instead of seeing a certified MD or PhD in person, you now have the option of experiencing a video visit.

If you click here, you can read all about the good, the bad, and the future of medical video visits.

Re/Code points out that video consultations cost $40 for 15 minutes. Psychologists cost $50 for 25 minutes or $95 for 50 minutes. Sorry, no insurance plans.

Medical video visits are becoming increasingly popular because of the convenience and speed of consultations. I have a number of doctor friends who have been conducting video visits for years for existing clients. They love it and their patients love it. There are some serious drawbacks discussed in the review, but as time goes on, these issues will be worked out.

When I posted the review about Doctors on Demand on Facebook yesterday, some doctors and health care company executives responded citing various pitfalls. I copied one of the remarks because it basically echoed what others had to say.

“Sounds great but it is fraught with issues. First, only full pay patients can access. Good if you can pay. Second, not clear if Rx can be written. Third, as more and more Drs are employees of medical centers they may not be covered by malpractice insurance.

“Progress but not perfect yet.”

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