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]

77 comments
kimberly05
kimberly05

do you have a Neurologist that can read and give 2nd opinion about mri?

Amelia2222
Amelia2222

My boyfriend and I were having sex the other day and I was on top.  When I came up I went back down I missed and I  "jammed" his penis - I think maybe a vessel ruptured.  He was not in pain but there was a massive amount of blood coming from his penis.  Now, two days later, his penis is bruised and swollen but he can still get an erection.  Should he go to the doctor for this?

JoseLopez1
JoseLopez1

i saw your porgram today i have medi care and no money can you help


Betty_Otero
Betty_Otero

My husband is having pain in his private area. He has a high tolerates for pain, so he never has any pain, but woke up in the middle of the night. He is 77 yrs old. What is the best way to handle this pain?

robertzeller
robertzeller

I'm having pain below my shoulder blades, especially when sleeping. It also hurts sometimes when I cough or burp, can you help me with this

jms61
jms61

Who do I call to buy some shares.

amystreet
amystreet

I hope this is free through Feb.  I have a very debilitating disease.  My  body loses potassium and none of the Doctors I have went to can not fine out why and will not go any farther than the blood test.  PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME FIND WHAT IS WRONG OR TELL ME SOMEWHERE I CAN GO TO GET ANSWERS.  I AM 68. LIVE IN WAYNESVILLE nNC

PennySeevers
PennySeevers

I thought it as free for the month of February???


shipdog7
shipdog7

What if I am redirected to a doctor in Nigeria?

Is my credit card info hack proof on your site?

I see this as a lawyers dream.

Better call Saul.

sandcrow1
sandcrow1

Difficulty urinating and burning.

Bladder pain along with right flank pain and tenderness.

Bactrim does not work for me. Also have history of pilonephritis.

Malak
Malak

I had keratin hair treatment complicated with contact dermatitis still keratin material attatched to my scalp and i started steroid 30 mg prednisolon and steroid losion but swelling increas what shambow can i use to remove keratin

kimmww66
kimmww66

I have this really bad itch/sting in my head only when I comb or touch my head. I think it is a alegric reaction to something  I am eating. I have stop eating all critus fruits and hot spicys, but I still have the problem. no sores or anything on my head.

MelissaSpeakman
MelissaSpeakman

yes, Terry Carlisle, u r so right, I thought it was free until now, what about people like me????  I am a single mother and I don't have an extra 40 dollars, if I did I would go see a Dr in person.....SMH,  I should have known better, nothing is free!!

TerryCarlisle
TerryCarlisle

I  WATCH DR PHIL ALLTHE TIME. I AM SICK ABOUT HEARING ABOUT HIS SONS DRS ON DEMAND YOU NEED TO TELL EVERYBODY THAT ONCE U CLICK DRS ON DEMAND TYPE IN UR SICKNESS,,, BEFORE THEY GIVE U AN ANSWER U HAVE TO PRESENT A CREDIT CARD,,,,$40''.00 THEY NEED TO SAY THAT ON TV

MichelleTyacke
MichelleTyacke

Well what did you expect? That it was free!!!!???

JenniferDye
JenniferDye

I would like to know what my mother-in-law should be eating with diabetes

RuthZellefrow
RuthZellefrow

What does Hyper stem surgery involve?  I have a defibrillator/pacemaker; will it be safe?       Ruth E.


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?

ali4543
ali4543

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