Doctor on Demand

doctor-on-demand-257x300Doctor on Demand enables you to video chat with a licensed, US-based doctor for $40 for 15 minutes. It won’t stand in for all your medical needs, but it looks good and works well.

Pros

Straightforward and quick: Doctor on Demand connects you with an MD in just a few minutes — all you have to do is set up a payment method, enter your symptoms, mention allergies or meds you are taking, and place your call.

Voice call only: If you don’t feel like video chatting, you can place a voice call instead, a nice option if you just don’t feel like having your image displayed.

Handy while traveling: By making it possible for you to connect with a physician at any time, this app can be extremely useful when you’re traveling, especially if no licensed doctor is available near your location.

Cons

Limited usefulness: It’s not a flaw of the app, but it doesn’t replace an actual visit to the doctor’s office. You can’t get a prescription or a definitive diagnosis, which can only be given after a physical examination and other tests are carried out.

Bottom Line

Doctor on Demand may put your mind at ease, but at the end of the day isn’t a must-have app. It’s only for mild conditions — don’t be surprised if the doctor you talk to will recommend that you visit your regular doctor for an examination. In the end, this app isn’t a substitute for your MD, only a more interactive albeit costlier alternative to a Google search.

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