Dr. Phil Startup Brings Check-Ups Online

The doctor will see you now ... on your smartphone

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TV personality Dr. Phil on Tuesday unveiled a new start-up company that will allow patients to video chat with doctors instead of visiting them in the flesh.

Dr. Phil, whose actual name is Phillip McGraw, is an adviser to the company, Doctor On Demand.

“There are 1.2 billion ambulatory care visits every year, and the vast majority of people are walking in for something like colds or urinary tract infections that are very amenable to an initial consult over video,” Adam Jackson, Doctor on Demand’s co-founder and chief executive officer told Bloomberg Businessweek.

Each online video chat appointment with a doctor costs patients $40; doctors get $30 of that, with the company taking a $10 cut. Doctors can diagnose illnesses and prescribe medication, but the app and website are not recommended for any patient experiencing a potentially life-threatening emergency medical condition. Doctors also cannot use it to prescribe medications like sedatives and narcotics.

Doctor on Demand is currently available for patients in 15 states, including large states like California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Texas. The company has more than 1,000 doctors available for video consultants one or two days a week, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The company trains physicians on how to use the service, and covers other logistics like patient questionnaires and malpractice insurance.

[Bloomberg Businessweek]

37 comments
pussy33
pussy33

anyone going to answer

pussy33
pussy33

if someone has blisters and oozing sores the size of softball under butt what could this be?  could it be lack of oxygen?

VickieFeller
VickieFeller

I have extremely high blood pressure and was in the hospital had 2 arteries going to my right kidney opened and was told told my left kidney is blocked and not functional. I returned home and I am still having problems with very high blood pressure even on medication. What should I do about this?

pmayfield
pmayfield

On Dr. Phil's show he mentioned a charge of $29, but the article lists a per-call charge of $40. What's up with that?

ali4543
ali4543

if lips flesh enter the respiratory system ...what can happen ...tell me friendz

1962
1962

hi a have a problem it like a grain in down of the Lower back and it Subcutaneous it small and i think they move

1962
1962

hi a have a problem it like a grain in down of the Lower back and it Subcutaneous it small and i think they move 


SandyHefler
SandyHefler

I would like to no if u can get cyst or boils on the inside of ur mouth if so How to get rid of it? My lip has a red swallow bump that is painful and grew bigger over night  PLEASE HELP I wear dentures and can not put them in at this time so my eating is limited

deniser
deniser

I want to know where you go for a retreat to find yourself like they did on EAT PRAY LOVE

WendyTodd
WendyTodd

I am severe diabetic and have terrible pains in my legs. If I taker equip 3 times a day it helps. Is this pain related to my diabeties?

djpinto1963
djpinto1963

um about 3 months ago i hurt my hand my fingers about half way up the arm total pain to where it swells burns hurts all the time i cant make a fist or move my thumb i have to still where a brace most of the time.see i was playing with my dog shes small and she bit down really hard to where i felt burning pain so bad it felt like something popped help me plz

AnneRoh
AnneRoh

I was diagnoses with an inoperable brain tumor last summer. My doctors have perscribed both oxycontin and hydrocodone for pain. Most of the time I only need one or the other, Which one is the least addictive because I don't like taking any chances of becoming dependent on either.

BarbKretzer
BarbKretzer

Barbara Kretzer..I have extreem aching in both legs..What could this be? 

Koenning
Koenning

I was diagnosed with oral cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) in April of 2005.  I received daily radiation treatments for 6 weeks at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, and was fine until May of 2013.  Since then my periodontist has diagnosed me with osteoradionecrosis.  I have no feeling on the left side of my mouth, and my tongue feels like it has blisters on the back/left side.  I am 53 years old and find it very difficult to eat.  My normal weight is 104 lbs., but I now weigh 80 lbs. and have absolutely no energy.  I have been to the dentist, periodontist, etc. and have gotten no help.  I have even contacted M. D. Anderson and I seem to be getting nowhere.  What is my next option?  I appreciate any help that you can offer.

Thank you.

Janice Christine Koenning


Palmettomom
Palmettomom

I keep having boils that pop up under my arms, I'll get rid of one or sometimes 2 and then around a month or so I get them again, I use new razors and LOTS of lather and shave up, down , sideways in both directions and have also used antibacterial soap to shave with, I burn and soak my needles in alcohol before busting them and I wear gloves and clean the area with alcohol swabs before and after busting the wounds and I bag all items used to clean the wound up and burn them, do I need any kind of Vitamins, and or is there anything over the counter I can use or take as I do not have insurance and very low income....PLEASE HELP, Thank you


cindsigmon
cindsigmon

My Mom has frequent nose bleeds recently and did tonight for about 10 minutes around 7pm and 9pm, and just yesterday, she went to the eye doctor because her eyes were hurting just the night before.  The Dr said he saw blood behind her left eye and tested her vision as she said she could not see out of her left eye.  He gave her some eye drops to try every two hours and wants her to come back next Wednesday.  This afternoon, I was with her when she blew her nose at one point; and each blow, there was blood on the kleenex.  She is on coumadin as well.  She is concerned but thinks that she wants to wait until Tuesday to call her Dr to see if she can be seen that day.  Due to where she lives and the facility takes resident's to the Dr on Tues and Thurs, From a physicians stand point, what do you think is going on with my 87 yr old Mother?

gmamma
gmamma

I'm having pain in both of my ankles i asked the doctor if i had gout he says no . I had mri they found nothing


DebbieDunn
DebbieDunn

by the same thing I'am talking about Degenerative  spinal disease



DebbieDunn
DebbieDunn

I have a son that has the same thing and has had this for years and all the Dr's  do is give him pain Medication for the last few year's he has been taking pill's that are for people with last stage cancer. He has tried to stop taking the pain meds several times but go's back becauce of the pain and he is addicted to them, And  on top of that the Dr's say that his belly is full of alser's  We don't know what to do, Someone PLEASE HELP

adelaidej
adelaidej

Why do several foods make dry heave until I start to vomit. Such foods as hotdogs, kielbasa, liquid egg sandwiches from Burger King and anywhere else that make fast food bkft sandwiches, salad bars, buffets etc........... its just to many food items to list. Is it some sort of allergy? I was eating prime rib an had to excuse my self and go to the ladies room and I dry heaved so bad with such force I lost bladder control. Some foods I know I can't eat but not all. Help please

degenerative
degenerative

PLEASE I AM BEGGING!!!! FOR HELP WITH THIS PAINFUL DISEASE  I AM SO TIRED!!! OF TAKING PAIN MEDICATION

degenerative
degenerative

I HAVN'T RECEIVED ANY INFORMATION FOR MY HEALTH PROBLEM DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A HELP WEBSITE 

degenerative
degenerative

WHERE DO I GO TO GET AN ANSWER TO MY HEALTH PROBLEM? I AM COMPUTER ILLITERATE

degenerative
degenerative

I suffer!!!! daily with degenerative disc disease in my neck and back what do you suggest i can do for the pain besides taking pain pills It has affected my whole life in a very negative way and makes me very depressed to be so young and be inflicted with this painful!! disease

TerryTerry
TerryTerry

It IsTime for Doctors to rethink their approach to FQ victims. Doctors must understand that a patient with a FQ DNA-adduct is not having an ADR (adverse drug reaction) to the FQs. The patient has been poisoned, cellular damage has occurred in response to a toxic reaction. The patients original genetic profile has been altered-mutated, and their symptoms and health complaints are not psychosomatic. But are in fact legitimate health concerns requiring treatments that will not acerbate the condition or propagate the genetic damage. It is going to be the physician’s responsibility to reconstruct the biological crime as a medical Sherlock Holmes to determine the extent of the genotoxicity and cellular damage caused by the FQs in their patients. The investigation by the physician can easily begin by simply asking the patient if they have ever been prescribed a FQ antibiotic.  Come meet us on line..... Fluoroquinolone Toxicty 24/7 Live Chat ....on facebook . We have the proof ! 


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DalvinHughey
DalvinHughey

i have puffiness around the eyes which came out of nowhere what could this be?


chutsee61
chutsee61

I have an open sore under my tongue and have had it for about 6 weeks, it seems to get better but not gone. I have used Max Anbesol Gel and Campho-Phenique with little help but some relief.

blkuhlone
blkuhlone

Is it available in Colorado?

theMediaman
theMediaman

We have that in Ontario. It's called Telehealth and it's provided free by the government. Seriously, America. Forty bucks buys a lot of Timbits.

ali4543
ali4543

@WendyTodd   yes some happen but when time pass ....pain reduces ....

deniser
deniser

@Palmettomom its usually because of your deodorant. I have the same thing happen and I noticed it when I wore deodorant