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Convenience, fixed prices boost demand for doctor visits via Web, text
Convenience, fixed prices boost demand for doctor visits via Web, text

Mary Castaneda had a sinus infection that just wouldn't go away, and she was feeling awful. She knew she needed to see a doctor, but her timing was off. "It was after-hours so I couldn't get in to see my doctor," says the 35-year-old Mission Viejo real estate agent. She'd recently heard about a new service that would quickly connect her with a doctor by video via her smartphone, and she decided to give it a shot. She downloaded the app and after just a few minutes was connected with a board-certified doctor. Fifteen minutes later, she had a prescription to ease her symptoms and a list of tips from the doctor about how to fight off future infections. "The...

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