Category Archives: Telemedicine

Telemedicine breaks through on ABC News

One of the interesting things I’ve been able to watch since I wrote my book The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare and launched this blog has been growing interest by the media in alternatives to … Continue reading

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March notes from The Self Pay Patient

Once again I find myself with a stack of items that aren’t necessarily worth a full blog post on their own (or at least, I don’t have the time at the moment to give them the attention they deserve in … Continue reading

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More mental health options for self-pay patients

Earlier this month I featured the issue of affordable mental health options for self-pay patients, drawn largely from two terrific blog posts over at the Clear Health Costs blog that were part of their six-part series on mental health. Since … Continue reading

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Doctor on Demand offers new telemedicine service

I’ve written in the past about telemedicine companies like DocDial,* Connect2Docs,* and AmericanWell, which allow patients to connect with a doctor by calling, e-mailing, or connecting via a video hookup. These companies and others can be great options for self-pay … Continue reading

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How to Opt Out of Obamacare

December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working … Continue reading

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Self-pay patients share their experiences

I’ve had a couple of self-pay patients let me know about their own experiences, one of them a user of telemedicine services, another using a prescription drug discount card, and a third on how people who pay their own way without health … Continue reading

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Telemedicine delivered face-to-face

I’ve written a couple of times about telemedicine, featuring companies that offer convenient access over the phone to licensed doctors for consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of relatively simple primary care needs. The savings for self-pay patients can be significant, and they can … Continue reading

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Telemedicine providing needed care at an affordable cost

One of the many options that self-pay patients have for affordable primary care is telemedicine. The concept behind telemedicine is fairly simple – patients sign up and provide their medical history to the company, and when they want to talk to … Continue reading

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The Health Co-Op – bundling self-pay services for health sharing ministry

Earlier this month I wrote about Connect2Docs, a company that has bundled telemedicine, health screening, bill negotiation, and a drug discount card into one package, which offers great value to self-pay patients, particularly the uninsured but also those with high-deductible … Continue reading

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Saving on drug costs with pharmacy discount cards

Buying generic drugs to save on prescription drug costs can result in big savings. But sometimes there are no generics available, or the generics that are available don’t work. In other cases, the medicine that your doctor prescribes isn’t on the insurer’s … Continue reading

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