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Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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6/27/2014 | 4:02:43 PM
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There are quite a few services out there that provide telehealth services. Some work directly with payers such as insurance companies or employers. Some go directly to consumers: In those cases, you may pay a per-visit fee (which might be covered by insurance) and connect via phone or videoconference. Some work in more of a vacuum, but i believe most have some way of sharing details of your consultation with your primary care physician. Having used one several times, they are a great way to get medical advice when your doctor's office or clinics are closed or booked up, or when you know exactly what you have -- flu, pink eye, etc. -- and don't have time (or the energy) to leave home or office. Most do not prescribe narcotics or other oft-abused medications, but will e-prescribe many other medications such as antibiotics, cough syrups, etc.
Stratustician
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Stratustician,
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6/26/2014 | 2:25:14 PM
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I love hearing about new services like this!  Not only will it help alleviate a lot of the burden on emergency healthcare services, but it will make healthcare more accessible to remote areas and to folks who may not be able to get to their healthcare practitioner.
cathmoore
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cathmoore,
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6/26/2014 | 10:28:58 AM
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Thanks so much, Alison. Much appreciated!
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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6/26/2014 | 9:32:28 AM
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The service is available now, @cathmoore, and it's available to non-Verizon customers as well as existing Verizon customers. I have just emailed my Verizon contacting, asking someone to respond directly to your questions. As far as I understand, pricing is up to the discretion of Verizon's customer -- the healthcare system, insurer, or employer that contracts with Verizon to provide the service to consumers. That, however, is my understanding, not the 'official' word. 

As to the doctor or nurse practioner, they will be based in your state (that's because of current laws, practice/medical, and insurance requirements). Verizon's literature says it will be the next available clinician in your state who will treat you via the videoconference connection.
cathmoore
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cathmoore,
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6/26/2014 | 8:59:28 AM
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Do you know if this service is available only to Verizon customers or all consumers? Also - when is this available, what does it cost for a visit, and who is the doctor that I will see? Very interesting info here and curious to learn more.


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