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Online healthcare companies: Do they help or hurt the public?
USA Today

Louis Birdman is a busy guy, so when his seasonal allergies acted up recently, he didn’t want to drag himself to his primary care doctor or wait for him to return a phone call. Instead, Birdman, 47, a father of two who works in real estate development in Hollywood, Fla., logged onto MDLiveCare. He says he “filled out a very short, easy-to-answer typical medical history information form,” selected a pharmacy near his home and plugged in his credit card number to prepay the annual membership fee of $99.95, which included the $39.95 cost of his first visit.

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