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6 Reasons Americans Are Loving Online Doctors

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6 Reasons Americans Are Loving Online Doctors

writtenByWritten by: Mark Spera
Mark Spera

Mark Spera

Mark grew up in a family of healthcare providers and has always been fascinated by preventative medicine, infectious diseases and the intersection of big data and healthcare.

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October 23, 2018 Read Time - 2 minutes

“Lyft, Uber and now a doctor on your phone.”

It’s not new news: technology is changing the way we live in so many ways. We’re living in an on-demand world, where everything from cars to scooters to your groceries are available at the push of a button.

In recent years, on-demand doctors (also called online doctors) are increasingly becoming a huge part of the medical system. The industry is slated to be a $36 billion per year business by 2020.

Consumers are loving online doctors because they can get diagnosed from the comfort of home and pick up prescriptions at their local pharmacies.

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These are 6 reasons more patients are loving online doctors:

1. Getting prescriptions
Once you have been diagnosed and treated by your doctor, you may be prescribed medication for continued treatment or symptom management at home. The process for receiving prescriptions is generally the same whether you see a doctor in person or speak to one online. Online doctors can prescribe any medication except DEA controlled substances.

2. Ease
Online doctor appointments are incredibly convenient. Appointments with providers like PlushCare are available every 15 minutes in all 50 states. Appointments take just 15 minutes. You can take a call from anywhere with an internet connection from your phone or computer. Book, speak with a doctor, pick up your Rx locally.

3. Cost
Online doctors are cheaper than in-person visits. Without the expenses of brick-and-mortar clinics (real estate, nurses and office assistants), online doctors are able to pass cost savings onto the consumer. Plus, reputable online physicians accept insurance. PlushCare appointments average $25 for insured patients and are only $99 for uninsured patients.

4. A wide variety of treatments
Online doctors can treat and prescribe medication for countless conditions including:

  • Cold/flu
  • UTI, birth control Rx and other women’s health issues
  • Acne, dermatitis, rash, eczema and other dermatology issues
  • Prescription refills, consults and travel medicine
  • Allergies, asthma, bronchitis and other pulmonary issues
  • STD testing, sexual health issues
  • And much more!

5. Professional care
The best online medical clinics hire amazing doctors. PlushCare doctors are all trained at top 50 medical schools and average 12 years of practicing experience. Plus, there are over 60 doctors to choose from.

6. Satisfied patients
PlushCare has served over 100,000 patients and solves 97% of patient issues in one visit! PlushCare maintains nearly a 5 star rating on Yelp, the Apple Store, Google Play and Facebook.

If you’re in need of great care, book an appointment with PlushCare now.

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