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Virtual doctors visits catch on with insurers, employers
USA Today

Tired of feeling “like the walking dead” but worried about the cost of a doctor’s visit, Amber Young sat on her bed near tears one recent Friday night in Woodbury, Minn. That’s when she logged onto an Internet site, run by NowClinic online care, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (parent of health insurer UnitedHealthcare), and “met” with a doctor in Texas. After talking with the physician via instant messaging and then by telephone, Young was diagnosed with an upper respiratory illness and prescribed an antibiotic that her husband picked up at a local pharmacy. The doctor’s “visit” cost $45.

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