HEALTH 24th January 2018


  • Healthcare is about to be disrupted 

  • A digital revolution is seeking to replace face to face physician visits, with online consultations 

  • Say goodbye to your doctors office and hello to facetime

Healthcare is going virtual. Dreaded wait times at the doctor’s office may be a thing of the past, as Silicon Valley sets its sights on disrupting the antiquated world of medicine.

Doctor on Demand, a healthcare startup service, provides real-time access to board-certified physicians 24/7/365, for the treatment of common and worrisome ailments. In just three minutes you are connected to a doctor from your smartphone or desktop. Contrast that with a typical thirty-minute wait at your physician’s office.

Founded in 2014 by television personality Dr. Phil and his son Jay McGraw, Doctor on Demand boasts one million users and counts the likes of Richard Branson as investors.

What can you use it for?

Doctor on Demand offers treatments in a wide range of areas including:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Sprains and bruises
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Pre-Diabetes / Diabetes
  • Stress Management

The service also provides lab work readings and screening tools to monitor specific conditions. Doctor on Demand is not, however, an alternative to the ER, as emphasized on its website: ‘for more serious or life-threatening conditions, a visit to a doctor or hospital is important and necessary’.

How much does it cost?

Not much really. For forty dollars you receive an online consultation (equivalent to a typical copay), saving you both time and money. Nor do you need insurance to use the service, though a recent uptake by employers, indicates the low-cost service model is catching on.

Is it right for you?

Only you can decide, but the case is compelling. With easy access and low costs, Doctor on Demand stands out in an industry crippled with long wait times, high costs, and inefficient processes. And if you’re worried about credibility, the service is rigorous in who it hires, accepting only five to 10 percent of applicants.

Whether you’re a mother whose child is sick in the middle of the night or you just can’t get away from your desk during the day, Doctor on Demand gives you access to a doctor when YOU need it.

As always, pushing for health.