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Online doctor visits - is that a thing here yet?

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Online doctor visits - is that a thing here yet?

Has anyone tried any of these virtual doctor services before? When I was in the states there were a bunch of options like Doctor-on-Demand (the one Dr. Phil started), American Well, etc., but there doesn't seem to be much in Canada. We're 10 years behind the US like always :-P

What are the options in Canada? And don't say Telehealth Ontario - they always tell me to go to the ER :-P
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No such options here that I am aware of and there won't be any time soon considering Ontario still lacks a Provincial-level electronic health record database, and with spending on healthcare going down.
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Apparently this does exist in Ontario, I've never tried it and there's an additional consultation fee: https://www.getmaple.ca/. No idea if there are other services like it though.
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I'm sure many doctors are willing to make houscalls ad charge you cash out of pocket.

People already abuse emergency room visits, one can only imagine the abuse this will get by both patients and doctors, especially if OHIP is picking up the tab.
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Somehow, I feel like this thread is a set up so you can advertise your own company....
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Lol sorry, my observations sounded like an endorsement... removed that part. Looks like a couple of good options.
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$25 off any consult or unlimited membership plan. Virtual consults are normally $49, after discount they're $24. Pretty sweet for avoiding walk-ins.

Coupon code is KANEDA.
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interesting references using Akira and Kaneda... first thought would not be for an online MD....
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My wife has tried Akira. It works quite well, but they will tell you to see a doctor in person if it's something they feel they can't diagnose over a phone.

I would say Akira is good for your typical cold, maybe a rash and you think you just need a common prescription.
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Are they authorized to write you a prescription or a doctor's note?
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Should add "ON Only" to title.

For BC'ers or Ontarians looking for an alternative, EQ Virtual offers the same service in BC and ON. But virtual video visits through EQ Virtual are covered free under MSP.
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Yes, they can prescribe, but no controlled substances, and they will err on the side of caution in general.

In terms of diagnosis, think about the last time you saw your doctor, and how much touching was actually involved. A lot of the time they just speak with you and maybe orders some tests. There are some advantages to communicating through an app too, like having your test results sent to your phone regardless of whether it's good news or bad news, having a written history if your conversation with the doctor that you can refer back to, the ability to easily follow up, etc.

Source: I work at Akira.
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Undecided how I feel about this but complaining about its existence doesn't help. It's an OPTION that we consciously choose to take advantage of or ignore. Cool concept. Thanks for sharing OP.
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