According to Fortune (online, Sept. 24) during the past year a company known as Teladoc took over its two primary leading rivals, AmeriDoc and Consult A Doctor. Such companies are known in the healthcare industry as “telemedicine”, enabling patients to have access to physicians – online. Due to healthcare costs, and Obamacare, this emerging concept in treatment is also known as the “virtual reality doctor.” Teledoc has about 550 such virtual doctors on-call.
As it is structured now, Teladoc’s service is available with a paid annual subscription. There is also a $40.00 co-pay for each video or phone physician visit. Some businesses and organizations fund or reimburse the co-pay completely – for their workers.