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Online Doctor Cost

Why risk getting sick by going into the doctor’s office when you can see a doctor online?

Telehealth makes is possible to get medical treatment from home. Telehealth, also called telemedicine or telecare, is the use of technology, like computers and mobile devices, to access healthcare services remotely.

Telehealth Savings

Telehealth is often cheaper than urgent or emergency care.

Many insurance companies allow you to pay your regular copay for an online appointment.

And if you don’t have insurance, telehealth is much cheaper than a visit to an urgent care clinic or emergency room. 

Read: Doctors For Patients Without Insurance

According to a 2017 study, the average telehealth visit costs $79. The average in-person or urgent care doctor’s visit is $149, while the average trip to the emergency room is $1,734.

At PlushCare the average insured patient pays less than $25 and we have a $99 flat rate fee for the uninsured, this is way lower than urgent and emergency care visits.

Online Doctor Cost | A Look at Some Top Digital Care Providers

Let’s take a closer look at some of the top online doctors, what they offer, how much they cost, and what customers have to say about their experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Doctors

Can I Consult a Doctor Online?

Yes, as shown above, there are many telehealth services that allow you to consult a doctor online. In many cases these digital consultations can replace an in person visit. Online doctors can write prescriptions and prescription refills for all noncontrolled substances.

Can I Get a Prescription Without Seeing a Doctor?

By law, you must talk to a doctor in order to get a prescription. However, you don’t need to see a doctor in person – you can get a prescription after a phone or video appointment.

What Can Be Treated Online?

Bacterial infections, cold and flu, sinus infections, sore throat, urinary tract infections (UTI), STDs, pink eye, headaches, anxiety, asthma, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, PrEp, prescriptions, birth control, mental health, hair loss.

What an’t be Treated Online?

Emergency conditions cannot be treated online. If you are experiencing an emergency call 911. Broken bones cannot be treated online and other conditions that require an in person examination, such as an x-ray or cat scan, cannot be treated online. Online doctors are also unable to prescribe all controlled substances, including Adderall, Xanax, and opiods, among others.

What Is the Best Online Doctor Service?

The best online doctor service for you will vary depending on your health insurance, healthcare needs and personal preferences. However, PlushCare does have a leg up on the competition since they offer access to the top doctors in the country along with unlimited in-app messaging, making it easier to resolve any issues that may come up after your appointment, and they accept insurance making them cheaper than many companies who use flat rate pricing for all patients.

Learn More about PlushCare

To make an appointment with a trusted PlushCare doctor, simply click here or call (888)798-0620.

You can have a same-day phone or video appointment with a licensed doctor. If you need prescriptions, the doctor can electronically send them to your pharmacy. It’s easy to see an online doctor with PlushCare!

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Mayo Clinic. Telehealth: Technology meets health care. Accessed on May 2, 2020 at

 Health Affairs. Direct-To-Consumer Telehealth May Increase Access To Care But Does Not Decrease Spending. Accessed on May 3, 2020 at

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