Want a Doctor to Come to You? Try Doctor on Demand!

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Want a Doctor to Come to You? Try Doctor on Demand!

Have you heard of Doctor on Demand? Doctor on Demand is a healthcare service that provides video visits with board certified physicians, psychologists, and lactation consultants via smart phones, tablets, and desktop computers.  I was intrigued by the concept because I really love the idea of doctors making house calls. I don’t go to doctors a lot, in part because the thought of sitting in waiting rooms? Ugh. Tell me I’m not the only person who thinks waiting rooms are just nasty. I’m always scared that if I wasn’t sick when I went to the doctor, I sure will be by the time I get home.

The thought of the doctor coming to me, instead of me going to the doctor, is very intriguing to me. I live in a rural area and my doctor is a one woman show. She’s not always there when I need her, and to get to her is a 40 minute drive. So, when I had the chance to try out Doctor on Demand, I thought I should go for it and share my thoughts! Read on to see what I think of this new medical service.

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How to use Doctor on Demand

Doctors on Demand can treat the Cold & Flu, Sore Throat, UTIs, Travel, Sports Injuries, Skin Issues / Rashes, Diarrhea & Vomiting, Eye Conditions using the video chat feature of the app. They also have pediatricians, lactation consultants and psychologists, too. Using DOD is pretty easy.  All you have to do is download the app to your smartphone (android, iOS)  or use it on your computer, too, as long as you have a webcam and a microphone. Once you have installed the app and want to see a doctor, you provide a list of your symptoms on the app, and you’re connected pretty quickly to a provider who’s appropriately licensed in your area.

Once the doctor appears on your device, he or she asks questions about your history and decides how to proceed. I’ve actually been having red and slightly painful eyes for quite a while, so I focused my call on my eyes. Overall, I thought the doctor was pretty thorough – he asked questions about family history of eye problems, known allergies, medications, and my eye care and makeup routine. He also asked questions about the type of discomfort, length and timing of the problem. At the end of our conversation, he recommended a specific OTC eye drop and advised me to start there and then follow up with an ophthalmologist if I don’t see improvement. Our conversation lasted just under 10 minutes and the details of my visit are stored on the My Health portion of the Doctor on Demand app for me to access whenever I want.

Pros of Doctor on Demand

  • The doctor comes to you! Overall, there are several pros to using Doctor on Demand, the biggest being that it’s available from the comfort of your own home. I’ve had several extremely painful UTIs in the past, and having this service available would have been such a life saver to me a few years ago when I had to drag my feverish body 45 minutes to see my doctor. How awesome is it to be able to call up a doctor without physically having to leave your home!
  • No driving while sick! Since the doctor comes to you via your mobile device or computer, you don’t have to drive anywhere – a real bonus in cold, snowy weather. I’m happy to stay off the roads whenever I can.
  • No waiting rooms! I like that Doctor on Demand means I don’t have to expose myself or my kids to other sick people in waiting rooms. I really think the waiting rooms are perhaps the worst thing ever about going to see the doctor.
  • Short waiting time! How long do you normally have to wait to see your doctor? My phone call wait was fewer than FIVE MINUTES. I don’t think I’ve ever waited for my doctor for only five minutes, so the short waiting time was really nice. Plus, since I was at home, I could simply continue working on whatever I was doing.
  • Save money! Finally – at $40 per medical or pediatric visit, the price is really reasonable. It’s a lot more expensive for me to visit with my own doctor since I only have catastrophic insurance and pay out of pocket for everything until I reach my huge insurance deductible. They can also work with your insurance, if your insurance company has a relationship with Doctors on Demand.

While I really do like the Doctor on Demand concept, I also like my own health care provider. I don’t think that Doctor on Demand could ever replace the relationship I have with my doctor and I don’t think it should. I can see Doctor on Demand being very useful for conditions I KNOW I have – like a UTI or a sinus infection that just won’t quit; for times when my doctor isn’t available; if the weather is too awful to leave; or for times when I”m just too miserable to drive. But I’m keeping my doctor, too. 🙂

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Would you like to try out Doctor on Demand for free? You can! Simply download the app (android, iOS), enter your code {love15} at registration to store it in your account, and then use the service for yourself or your kids if you get sick.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this medical service. Would you use it? Or would you pass? Don’t forget to get your first visit with Doctor on Demand free with code love15!

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