Harvard Health Letter

Virtual doctor visits: A new kind of house call

Videoconferencing applications that download to a smartphone, tablet, or home computer enable people to experience a virtual visit with a physician at any time, day or night. The visits are convenient and affordable, costing about $40 or $50 per visit, which is about half the cost of an in-person visit. Many insurance companies now cover the costs. But virtual visits aren’t meant to replace every trip to the doctor’s office. They’re considered effective for conditions such as cold and flu. For older adults, it may be best to see a doctor in person.
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