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July 1, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

Online Doctor Cost

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

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

  • 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.


How Much Does an Online Doctor Cost?

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. We have a $119 fee for the uninsured, which is significantly 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.

CompanyWhat They OfferOnline Doctor Cost With InsuranceOnline Doctor Cost Without Insurance Reviews
PlushCareDigital Primary Care, Urgent Care, Online Therapy, and Mental Health Medication Delivery. Same-day appointment booking, unlimited phone and video access to online care team, access to doctors from the top 50 U.S. medical schools, unlimited in-app post appointment messaging$14.99/month membership, plus typical in office copay
$14.99/month membership plus $119 for your first visit
4.5/5 on Yelp. 97% of conditions successfully treated on the first visit. Most people were happy with their experience and would recommend PlushCare to a friend.

MDLivePhone or video appointments for routine medical conditions, online counseling, psychiatry, and dermatology
Urgent care: $82 or less 
Therapy: $108 or less
Psychiatry: $284 or less for the first visit, $108 or less follow-up 
Dermatology: $95 or less
Same costs as insured
4.7/5 on Trustpilot. Most people were happy with their experience. Many of the complaints revolve around problems encountered after the initial appointment.

TeladocPhone, video, or app appointments for “Everyday Care,” online mental health and dermatology appointments
Everyday care: $49 or less Licensed therapist: $90 or less Psychiatrist: $229 or less first visit, $99 or less for follow-up appointments Dermatology: $75 or less
Same as insured
3.8/5 on Appgrooves. Most people were satisfied with their Teladoc experience. Some people complained about not being able to get antibiotics, while others had problems with the mobile app.

Doctor on DemandUrgent care, behavioral health, preventive health. chronic care
Medical visits: $75 or less 
Therapy: $129+ 
Psychiatry: $299 initial visit, $129 for follow-up
Same as insured
3/5 on Yelp. While most people are happy with their experience, some people had trouble getting their prescriptions in a timely manner.

AmwellUrgent care, therapy, psychiatry, breastfeeding support, cardiology, dermatology, nutrition, counseling, pediatrics, physical therapy, women’s health
Urgent care: $79 or less 
Therapy: $129 or less depending on therapist experience
Psychiatry: $279 first visit, $109 follow-up 
Nutrition: $70 or less 
Breastfeeding support: $129 or less first visit; $75 or less
Same as insured
3.3/5 on Trustpilot. Amwell has poor reviews compared to the other companies on our list. Many people reported issues with the prescriptions not being sent in and spent many hours on hold trying to resolve the issue.

LiveHealth OnlineMedical, allergy, psychology, psychiatry
Medical: $59 or less Allergy: $59 or less Therapist: $80 or less Psychologist: $95 or less Psychiatry: $175 or less first visit; $75 or less follow-up visits
Same as insured
1.8/5 stars on Trustpilot. LiveHealth Online used to get great reviews, but they have not done well managing a new influx of patients during the COVID-19 crisis. People are reporting waiting up to 12 hours for an appointment, losing their spot in line if they close the app, and having doctors not show up for their appointments.

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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?

No, you cannot get an online prescription without seeing a doctor. By law, you must talk to a doctor in order to get a prescription. However, you do not need to see a doctor in person—you can get a prescription after a phone or video appointment.

Can You See an Online Doctor for Free?

No, you cannot see an online doctor for free, even if you do not have insurance. PlushCare offers an affordable option of seeing a licensed, board-certified doctor online from the comfort of your home. At PlushCare, the cost of a doctor’s appointment without insurance is a $14.99/month membership plus $119 for your first visit.

What Can Be Treated Online?

Some conditions that can be treated online include:
– Bacterial infections
– Cold and flu
– Sinus infections
– Sore throat
– Urinary tract infections (UTI)
– Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
– Pink eye
– Headaches
– Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions
– Asthma
– Diabetes
– High blood pressure
– Thyroid disorders
– Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEp)
– Hair loss

Online doctors can also prescribe medication, including birth control.

What Cannot Be Treated Online?

Emergency conditions cannot be treated online. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. 

Broken bones 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 opioids, 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. 

PlushCare also accepts insurance, making it cheaper than many companies that use flat-rate pricing for all patients.

  • 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.


Learn More About PlushCare

To make an appointment with a trusted PlushCare doctor, simply click here or call 1-888-798-0620.

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

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

NEJM Catalyst. What is Telehealth? Accessed on February 9, 2021 at

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