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Online doctor visits can be easy, but Congress thinks they increase costs
Washington Post

Donna Miles didn’t feel like getting dressed and driving to her physician’s office or to a retailer’s health clinic near her Cincinnati home.

For several days, she had thought she had thrush, a mouth infection that made her tongue sore and discolored with raised white spots. When Miles, 68, awoke on a wintry February morning and the pain had not subsided, she decided to see a doctor.  So she turned on her computer and logged on to www.livehealth.com, a service offered by her Medicare Advantage plan, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio. She spoke to a physician, who used the camera on Miles’s computer to peer into her mouth and who then sent a prescription to her pharmacy.

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