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October 15, 2021 Read Time - 5 minutes

What Is a Doctor App?

An online doctor app, or telemedicine app, allows patients to visit a doctor or physician remotely using video chat or voice calls. 

The first telemedicine company was 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 Telehealth 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:

  • Studies of care for special needs children have shown that parents perceive 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 an Online 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 traditional doctor’s appointments, your online doctor will need to gather some personal information such as your medical history. 

Unlike traditional doctor’s appointments, you can attend the visit from your couch. Essentially, “a physician in one location uses a telecommunications infrastructure to deliver care to a patient at a distant site,” according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

What Is the Best Doctor Appointment App?

Here at PlushCare, we pride ourselves on top-quality service at affordable prices. Setting up an online doctor appointment is easy. You can browse doctors by state and their available appointment times, as well as look through doctors’ profiles and read their reviews.

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 Schedule a Doctor Appointment Online?

To schedule a doctor appointment online, all you need to do is set up a profile, book an appointment, and prepare for your doctor’s visit. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

  1. Set Up a Profile

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

  1. Book an Online Doctor 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. 

  • 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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  1. Set Up Payment

Does insurance pay for telehealth? Virtual doctor apps like PlushCare often 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. We have a fee of $119 per visit for patients without insurance.

Payments are submitted electronically when you book your appointment. If we’re unable to treat you or provide care, we’ll offer a full refund.

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

  1. Add Your 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]

  1. Attend the Visit

To attend your visit, log on to PlushCare through our website (for desktop computers) or through our doctor app (for mobile users). Once you’re logged in, you can click “Start” under “Appointment Options” and wait until your doctor comes online. 

Our doctors are on time. We recommend that 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


What Services Do Doctor Apps Provide?

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

Primary Care Conditions include:

Urgent Care (non-emergency) Conditions include:

PlushCare cannot 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.

  • 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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Do Virtual Doctor Apps Provide 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:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV)
  • Hormone imbalances (low testosterone, thyroid disorders, etc.)
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Blood analysis
  • Allergy testing
  • Diet

For more information on finding telemedicine doctors, check out our page on how to find a doctor online.


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Sources:

PlushCare is dedicated to providing you with accurate and trustworthy health information.

National Library of Medicine. History of Telemedicine. Accessed on February 14, 2021 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207141/

National Library of Medicine. An economic cost analysis of an expanding, multi-state behavioural telehealth intervention. Accessed on September 18, 2021 at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29754561/ 

American Academy of Family Physicians. What’s the difference between telemedicine and telehealth? Accessed on February 14, 2021 at https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/telemedicine-and-telehealth.html

Department of Health and Human Services. What is telehealth? Accessed on February 14, 2021. https://telehealth.hhs.gov/patients/understanding-telehealth/ 

Wound Care Learning Network. The Audio-Visual Connection: A Brief History of Telemedicine. Accessed on October 02,2021 at
https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/twc/articles/audio-visual-connection-brief-history-telemedicine

American Academy of Family Physicians. What’s the difference between telemedicine and telehealth? Accessed on October 02,2021 at
https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/telemedicine-and-telehealth.html

National Library of Medicine. Comparison of Telemedicine to Traditional Face-to-Face Care for Children with Special Needs: A Quasiexperimental Study. Accessed on September 18, 2021 at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29265922/ 

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