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April 29, 2020 Read Time - 4 minutes

House Call Doctor

Doctor house calls were a popular practice in the early 20th century when physicians would come to patients homes to provide treatment. However, by the end of the century, doctors making house calls had become obsolete as they opted for office centered medicine and mega health systems. 

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Do Doctors Still Do House Calls?

Though the practice isn’t common, house call doctors are starting to make a resurgence today.

Access barriers to healthcare like cost, availability and long waits have created a demand for an alternative care model.

Further, evolving consumer habits such as the use of smartphones and on-demand services have led to the growth of app-based physician house calls.


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A study worked on by Shannon Fortin Ensign, MD, PhD at the Scripps Translational Science Institute found that approximately 70% of patients who used house call services over traditional forms of care delivery reported doing so for convenience, and another 34% for the ability to more rapidly receive services. Further, 94.2% of patients reported that they would use house call services again, demonstrating high levels of customer satisfaction.

Did you know that there is in fact another way to receive medical care even faster and with more convenience than house calls?

Telehealth, also called telemedicine, is the practice of receiving care from a doctor via your phone or computer. 


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How Do Online Doctor Visits Work?

For many of the same reasons that house calls are seeing a resurgence, the industry of telemedicine is growing larger everyday.

Fast, direct and convenient medical care from your own home is why so many people are turning to services like PlushCare for their urgent and primary care needs.

But, how do online doctor visits work?

PlushCare makes it simple:

Book an appointment. Same day appointments are available.

Meet with one of our top online doctors at your appointment time.

Pick up your prescription at the pharmacy of your choice, if necessary.

At this point, you may be wondering, how much do online doctor visits cost?


Good news, the average cost of an appointment with PlushCare is less than $25 with insurance and $99 for the uninsured.


Our low prices, high quality of care, and ultimate convenience makes telemedicine affordable, simple and reliable.

How Much Do Doctors Charge For House Calls 

In comparison to house calls, PlushCare’s online appointments are far more cost effective.

The average cost of an at-home appointment is $50 to $200. For the many conditions that can be treated via a remote examination, it is a smarter option to choose online care.

What Can Be Treated At Home?

Online care is for everybody to use in non-emergency conditions.

While telehealth cannot replace the immediate care necessary for acute injuries, it can serve as a more affordable and convenient way to access high-quality health services.

Both primary and urgent care for things like common infections can be diagnosed and treated in a remote appointment.

Below is an expanded list of common conditions treated using PlushCare services:

Urgent Care

  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Flu
  • UTIs
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Pink eye
  • Headaches
  • Strep Throat
  • Stomach bugs
  • Yeast infections
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Rashes
  • PEP

Primary Care Treatment

  • Acne
  • ADHD
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Birth control
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • HIV (PrEP)
  • Migraines
  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription Refills
  • Psychiatry
  • Thyroid disorders

For these issues and more, PlushCare doctors are here to examine, diagnose and create treatment plans that serve our patient’s needs.

Online doctors can also write and refill prescriptions for all non-controlled substances like antidepressants, birth control, PrEP and diabetes medications.

  • 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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Can You Get A Doctor To Come To Your House?

Yes, doctors still do house calls. The industry is seeing a new resurgence as those who can afford it prefer the convenience of access to a doctor from their own home.

However, for those looking to spend less on medical care with even better efficiency, telemedicine is the service for you.

Online doctors are convenient, efficient, affordable and effective. Give it a try and book an online appointment here.


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Sources

ncbi.gov. Characteristics of the modern-day physician house call. Accessed April 29, 2020 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6408061/

ncbi.gov.pubmed. The past, present, and future of house calls. Accessed April 29, 2020 at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1921749

lanmarkhealth.org. Do Doctors Still Make House Calls? Accessed April 29, 2020 at https://www.landmarkhealth.org/resource/do-doctors-still-make-house-calls/

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