From Uber to Postmates to Wag, many on-demand services compete to bring convenience to your fingertips. Why not health care? As it is now, sometimes you have to schedule an appointment, shuffle your work schedule, and then sit in a waiting room just to get a doctor to check your child’s runny nose or a questionable rash – there has to be an easier way.
According to the Annals of Family Medicine, 42% of patients skip their appointments
due to lack of childcare, busy work schedules, cost, and transportation, among other factors. On-demand healthcare and telehealth apps aim to remove these challenges between you and your doctor. Thanks to advanced technology, in some cases you can now even see your primary care provider
(PCP) through your phone, computer, and even right in your living room.
Whether you live in a remote area or are too busy to schedule an appointment, house calls and virtual visits can help you get the care you need, when you need it.*
- Teladoc offers you video medical consultations anytime, anywhere via its secure video call app. After reviewing your medical records, your Teladoc doctors can diagnose cold and flu symptoms, allergies, rash, skin problems, and other minor ailments. They can then write or renew a prescription, if necessary.
- HealTM is a California-based company offering on-demand doctor house calls within a two-hour window. Users without health insurance pay only $99 a visit. The Heal app gives you access when you need it, so you can skip the expensive ER visit and spend more time seeing your doctor. The on-call doctors cover preventive care, regular checkups, emergency care, and pediatrics during their house calls. The convenience can’t be beat.
- Nurx is an on-demand telehealth provider that offers birth control, access to HIV prevention pills, and direct-to-consumer HPV testing. Based in San Francisco, the company fills a critical need for the more than 19 million women in the United States who don’t have reasonable access to a full range of contraceptive methods and sexual health services. App users download and access the secure Nurx app that connects them with board-certified doctors. Patients can access their prescription with their insurance or at a reduced rate without insurance (starting at $15/month) and get automatic refills in the mail.
- Carbon Health is a real-time app that walks you through your healthcare experience from beginning to end. The California-based app allows you to book same-day, in-person appointments with one of their network doctors or, if you prefer, schedule a video call with your doctor to chat about your symptoms. You can book appointments for immediate care, preventive care, vaccinations, and lab tests. Once you have your diagnosis, you can follow up on treatment instructions and lab results, fill prescriptions, make your copay payment, and chat with your doctor – right from the app.
As healthcare costs keep rising, you can avoid expensive medical bills by using apps like Nurx, Teladoc, Heal, and Carbon Health. These telehealth options offer the necessary tools you and your family need in a way that fits your lifestyle.