Thursday, August 21, 2014

Live Health Online

Anyone out there have any experience with this?

I've gotten a couple letters from Anthem/ Blue Cross encouraging me to sign up for this Live Health Online deal. It's claimed to be a low cost way to consult with a physician. Once you're a member you can consult with a doctor quickly via computer or smartphone. It looks like the most you'd pay is $49.00. 

That's not bad. Problem for me is the list of common afflictions they deal with like colds, flu or allergies aren't things I'd go to a doctor for. Maybe some of you would?

Here's their Frequently Asked Questions page. If anyone decides to try it, let us know how it goes.


At 10:56 AM, Blogger MOLA:42 said...

Spending $49 for an on-line Dr.'s visit only to be told to see your real doctor or go to the ER does not sound like a good investment.

I don't have this on my plan and I don't think I shall miss it.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

According to their web site, they can handle a number of "common" things. As I wrote, those seem to be things I wouldn't normally see a doctor for. I don't go to doctors for colds, flu or the poops. I might if it's something that doesn't go away on its own after a week or two.

$49.00 isn't bad for a visit to a regular doctor, and they say on their web site you might only pay whatever your insurance co- payment is (wouldn't it be ironic if they didn't accept Covered California policies?). It costs me $80.00 for a simple visit lasting 15 minutes at Redwood Family Practice. I'd have no reason to use these guys, though, since I wouldn't bother with a doctor for things they deal with.

I can see why the insurance companies would encourage this. It would likely save them money for folks that go to the doctor all the time for little things. I've known people in my life that go to the doctor if they get so much as a sniffle. This would be ideal for people like that, although I suspect those sorts of people wouldn't use an online service anyway.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger MOLA:42 said...

Well, I only go to the doctor when the Grim Reaper is knocking on my front door (as I run out the back door).

But there are a lot of lonely people out there who take any chance to interact with their fellow human beings, even if those human beings are at the Dr.'s office.

When I was an Eligibility Worker I'd get calls from my clients all the time that were really nothing more than to just say "Hi" to another human being.

I mean, how hard up for company does one need to be to call an Eligibility Worker?

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is. Way to see the insurance company $ not you. How can an online doctor check your basic stats like heart rate? Check your throat? Do a urine or strep test for example. Check your lymph node...etc. This is utterly ridulous. If this were a free benefit with my already high premium, I would find it a plus...but this to me is a joke.


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