Are online doctors a real thing?

Are online doctors a real thing?


Imagine yourself not being able to find a doctor anywhere, and someone suddenly puts forward the idea of online doctors, should you go for it? Are online doctors real? Well, let’s read on to find out!

Medical care cannot be generalized, and given the increasing scams, it is challenging to trust online health. Online doctors are readily accessible through websites, smartphone apps, or telephone and this trend has been around for decades. Until 2016, the utilization was limited but by 2016, 50% of the US hospitals were offering online doctor help. In September 2018, the Senate passed the law for offering online medical health care coverage.

According to the researcher at Academy Health, online doctor visits are taking over the ordinary course of care/ but they cannot replace meeting the doctors in person completely. With each passing day, online doctors are increasing in numbers which has been making health care convenient and accessible at home. Irrespective of it being a new concept, the frequency is growing tremendously. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 922.6 million doctor visits were recorded in the USA in 2013.

With online doctors, patients can video-chat with the doctors and get the medicine prescribed over call as well. The main reason people are inclining towards online doctors lies in the problems with in-person doctor care such as;

    • The colossal issue is the congested space because the number of people looking for urgent medical service is increasing while the resources and personnel in the clinics haven’t been raised
    • There are some areas where clinics are scarce, and medical health care isn’t accessible to the public unless they have a car
    • Some urgent aid clinics aren’t open 24/7, and a medical emergency cannot schedule an appointment

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Online Doctor Visits

The general process of online doctors includes the following steps;

  1. Booking the appointment
  2. Chat with the doctor
  3. Get the prescriptions if the doctor wishes to

These visits can be different based on different platforms, and usually, all you need to do is to sign up on the platforms, fill in the medical information in addition to the contact information to make yourself visible and accessible. Some platforms have also launched apps for streamlined utilization.

Many people question appointment booking as they think, “what’s’ the point of online doctors if we cannot get in touch with the doctor right away?” To clear out the doubts, an appointment is available 24/7, which empowers the patients to chat with the doctor at their ease. Moreover, users without health insurance can also access services.

After the appointment, there are voice and video chat options. It is advised to opt for video chat as the doctor will be able to see the symptoms and prescribe accordingly. This process usually carries on for around fifteen minutes. Once the diagnose is completed, the doctor will send the electronic prescription to the pharmacy nearest to your place and you can take medicine at your convenience.

Putting it in a nutshell, the online doctor is real, authentic, accessible, and convenient!

10 thoughts on “Are online doctors a real thing?

  1. Colby Baxter says:

    The advantage of an online medical appointment compared to a traditional appointment is the convenience of not having to leave the house when you feel weak or have a fever.

  2. Albie Mooney says:

    Add also that there is no risk of infecting others during the journey by bus or subway … or even why not, in our doctor’s office while waiting to be visited.

  3. Teagan Barry says:

    I understand the convenience but I remain skeptical that this service can take hold. How do you understand what a patient has if you don’t see it in person.

  4. Gwen Hernandez says:

    On the other hand, I am quite in favor but I don’t explain myself how could possibly do it in those countries or minorities that unfortunately don’t have a good internet connection or they don’t have it at all.

  5. Iylah Kidd says:

    Actually those countries and minorities, they are the ones who could benefit from this new technology. Just think that in countries like India there are rural villages where to visit a doctor he must travel for even hundreds of miles in conditions of roads and urban vehicles, that are fairly disastrous while instead it would be enough to have a small room for the whole village where a couple of volunteers can install one or two computers with webcam and microphones and help patients less adapted to this technology to communicate with their doctor remotely.

  6. Mathilda Zimmerman says:

    There are already mobile phone apps that do these services. I personally have never used them but I know that the people who use them are already in the office.

  7. Hanna Soto says:

    The online doctor has the same responsibilities as one who visits home or one whom the patient visits in the clinic.

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