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Doctor consultation apps: Healthy or harmful?
Southern California Public Radio

Have you ever visited with your doctor via the camera on your smartphone or computer? Could this soon become the norm for minor conditions?

Doctor consultation apps seem to offer incredible convenience: For basic but annoying health issues, they could possibly replace a visit to urgent care. After a virtual consultation, doctors can prescribe antibiotics and common medications, if needed. The virtual appointments are often available for a flat fee that ranges from $40 to $50 per visit, depending on which app you use. Some offer monthly subscription rates.

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