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Ryan Quinn

Ryan has a background in geochemical research and enjoys writing on technical subjects like health and science. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT and can be found recreating in the local mountains.

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December 10, 2020 Read Time - 6 minutes

Doctor App

What is a doctor app? Visiting a doctor or physician remotely by using video chat or voice calls is known as telemedicine. The first telemedicine company was actually founded in 1967, well before video conferencing was a household technology. Today, with the prevalence of smartphones, telemedicine has grown exponentially and anybody with cellular service can visit doctors from home.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Benefits of Using a Doctor App

Are online doctors any good? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has published numerous studies comparing telemedicine and in-person care. Here are some takeaways from recent research:

  • Study of care for special needs children shows that parents perceived telemedical systems as more family-centered.
  • Telemedicine can help reduce costs for individuals and families when accounting for the cost of travel, missed work/wages, childcare, lodging, and other costs. This is particularly applicable in rural populations. One study found telemedicine costs to be 65% smaller than visits requiring patients to travel.

Read: Can a Virtual Doctor Write a Prescription?


How a Doctor App Works

Can I FaceTime a doctor? Yes! Visiting a doctor remotely works similarly to visiting a doctor in person. First, you choose a doctor and book an appointment, then you have a face-to-face video chat right from your phone or computer. Just like in doctor offices, they will need to gather some personal information such as your medical history. Unlike doctor offices, you can attend the visit from your couch.

What is the Best Online Doctor

Here at PlushCare, we pride ourselves in top quality service at affordable prices. Setting up an appointment is easy. You can browse doctors by state and their available appointment times. This web page also allows you to view a doctor’s profile and read reviews about them.

Individual doctor profiles show their:

  • Years of experience
  • Education and background
  • Languages spoken
  • Patient reviews

Just click here to get started.


Read: Top Telemedicine Websites 


How Do I Get A Virtual Doctor Visit?

Setting Up a Profile

To create an account with PlushCare you will need to provide your full name, date of birth, phone number, gender, email, and a password. This information is gathered and stored in a similar manner to visits at an office.

Booking an Appointment

Booking an appointment online is easy. After choosing a PlushCare doctor, you can simply click on the blue “BOOK” button next to their name. Appointments are frequently available within the hour.

Payment

Does insurance pay for telehealth? A doctor app like PlushCare will most likely accept insurance from major companies. With insurance, online appointments are usually free with only the typical copay charge you’d pay in the office.

So, how much does a virtual doctor visit cost? The average cost of an appointment with PlushCare is less than $25 for insured patients. There are no recurring fees or membership fees associated with PlushCare. We have a flat rate of $99 per visit for patients without insurance.

Payments are submitted electronically when you book your appointment but are not processed until 30 minutes after an appointment is complete. If your problem it’s not solved during your appointment, the appointment will be free of charge. We’re proud to report we have a 97% success rate of conditions being treated on the first visit.

There may be additional costs for purchasing medication and lab tests if necessary.

Insurance

PlushCare accepts most co-pays from Anthem Blue Cross, BCBS, Blue Shield of California, Humana, Cigna, and United Healthcare plans. For questions relating to insurance, you can contact [email protected]

Attending the Visit

To attend your visit you log on to PlushCare through our website (for desktop computers) or through our doctor app (for mobile users). Once you are logged in you can click “Start” under “Appointment Options” and wait until your doctor comes online. Our doctors are on time and it is recommended you enter the chat 3 minutes before the official start time of your appointment. The average appointment at PlushCare lasts just 15 minutes.


Read: Online Doctor Cost


  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

Book an appointment PlushCare-App-Steps

What Services do Doctor Apps Provide?

There are some natural limitations to telemedicine. A doctor app is designed for non-emergencies, such as testing, long-term care, primary and urgent care (what is urgent care?). With telemedicine doctors can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications for several on-going and urgent conditions.

Primary Care Conditions:

Urgent Care (non-emergency) Conditions:

PlushCare cannot currently prescribe controlled substances including:

  • Narcotics
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Medical marijuana

Can online doctors prescribe antibiotics? Yes! Our doctors at PlushCare can prescribe you the appropriate antibiotic to help combat any number of bacterial infections.

What About Lab Work and Testing?

You cannot draw blood over the phone so how does lab testing work?

Based on what the doctor learns from your visit, they can recommend lab work or testing. The doctor will help you find a testing facility near your home, or you can order at-home-tests (e.g. at-home thyroid tests).

Doctors on a doctor app can help you get tested for:

Other doctor apps

This article focused on how PlushCare works, but other doctor apps do exist. For more information on finding telemedicine doctors and doctors in general, check out our article on how to find a doctor online.


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Sources:

libertpub.com. History of Telemedicine. Accessed on August 7, 2020. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/9781934854112

goodrx.com. What Is Telemedicine? Accessed on August 7, 2020. https://www.goodrx.com/blog/what-is-telemedicine/

healthline.com. The Best Telemedicine Apps of 2019. Accessed on August 7, 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/best-telemedicine-iphone-android-apps

Most PlushCare articles are reviewed by M.D.s, Ph.Ds, N.P.s, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. Click here to learn more and meet some of the professionals behind our blog. The PlushCare blog, or any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. For more information click here.

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