Cutting Your Doctor Bills in Half Without Going to the Doctor's Office

Online physicians perform virtual exams and write prescriptions for a fraction of the cost.
2:48 | 05/19/14

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A real money team is back saving you a lot of money on your doctor bill Americans on average spend up to 200 dollars for each doctor visit so imagine. Being able to visit your doctor without leaving home and cutting the cost in half ABC's Paul Ferris with a way to keep that money in your pocket. We three growing always the most -- from Dayton Ohio -- their home away from home is often the doctor's office. We really do have access network are at -- overwhelmed me for the -- ninety dollars each visit a hundred dollars for mom and dad. And the costs are adding up just wondering. Is there a better way. According to our health care consumer advocate Michelle cats there is it's a brand new high tech medical service called telemedicine. Doctors perform virtual medical exams even writing new prescriptions it's forty to fifty dollars per use which is about half the cost of the average doctor's visit. Telemedicine is already backed by many hospitals and major health insurers even Medicare and Medicaid. But for most families Michelle says they don't even know it's an option or figure in the extra costs. It costs and I need to take off from work. -- get all the boys in the car right down to wait a few hours to get a diagnosis that you -- you know about. It's used to treat minor ailments like cold symptoms which alone account for nearly a quarter of family doctor's office visits it's starting here. Bills trying it out for what he thinks is poison ivy. Would be -- hundred dollars just to tell me that I got the poison -- that I know I -- taking a picture I have a picture uploading an -- in a few questions. An hour later -- gets a call from a doctor a prescription and fills it at his pharmacy. We've got a very affordable alternative. To an emergency room for non emergent care. -- Howard says telemedicine is still helping and we stay healthy in between regular doctor's office visit. Not instead of them. You're best care. There's always going to be your primary care physicians. With a hands on exam. In all bills bill was about half of what it usually costs and to visit the doctor's office and Michelle estimates the -- can -- more than. Hundred dollars just this year I mean I am simply -- -- Me. Now -- tell the doctors that we spoke to were highly credentialed we're talking fifteen years of experience. And up to find out more you can go to our website where Michelle has laid out what to look for in a telemedicine doctor Diane. Have to emphasize this does not replace your primary care physician. It only acts as a bridge and -- it applies to basic. And minor ailments and that poison ivy cured cured. Four dollar prescription -- -- thanks so much well.

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