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At $99 a month, HealthTap Prime lets you video chat with medical specialists anytime

By Himanshu Arora ยท 9 replies
Jul 31, 2014
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  1. HealthTap, an online medical question-and-answer service that boasts 10 million active users and a pool of over 60,000 doctors from across the US, yesterday unveiled an updated version of its product. Dubbed Prime, the new service, which is available through the company's...

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    I had an infection from a cut on my ankle a couple months ago and had to have 2 visits before it got cleared up. Each visit was more than this is per month, if this is something you could pay on an as needed basis it would be worth it, I had insurance but with deductibles and such I ended up paying over $100 each visit (forget the exact amount). It was very obvious what was wrong, and how to fix it, I could have done this with a video call no problem. However if it is subscription based, it wouldn't be worth it for me.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,862   +1,183

    I completely agree. Id gladly pay $15-$30 a usage if it were helpful.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,490

    What was the total bill (the bit the insurance company paid)? I had to get two stitches a couple years back. Insurance covered it and all we had to pay was $20. The actual bill, however? $1,180 for a blue string, saline, and the numbing agent they used.

    To say this service is worth it is an understatement, especially if uninsured.
  5. sergeybelsky2

    sergeybelsky2 TS Rookie

    How exactly doctor will apply blue string and saline over the WiFi connection?
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    @davislane1 I don't remember, I think it was about $150 on first visit and $140 on 2nd. Insurance may not have paid any of it, or very little outside of maybe discounting the antibiotics.
    It was already infected by the time I went (didn't think it was as bad as it was when it happened, was a really tough spot to get a good look at). All they did was prescribe me some antibiotics, 10 days later it was mostly healed but not enough, I went back, got 7 more days. That fixed it (by about day 16).
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,507   +2,300

    At that price, you should have downed a couple of oxys, sprayed the area with Solarcaine and sewed yourself up.

    At any rate, being an old fart on Medicare with the mandatory prescription drug plan, a course of penicillin usually runs me about 80 cents.

    Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.......ly covered.;)

    @SNGX1275 Next time, (hopefully there won't be one but), Use a topical anti-biotic as soon as you're injured. There's a bunch of different fungus species on and around feet, even clean ones.

    Wear white socks, and as I said, a triple antibiotic topical such containing neomycin, bacitracin, and a 3rd player to be named later. Oh wait, polysporin, yeah that's the ticjket.

    That will be $99.00, and no, I don't take bitcoin....:cool:
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    @captaincranky - It was a softball sliding injury, in retrospect, I think my ankle cut was caused by sliding into 3rd baseman's cleat(s) and deeper than I expected. I put some bag balm (not topical antibiotic but supposed to be good for abrasions) on the sliding cuts on the outside of my leg and ankle. Leg healed fine, ankle did not. First doctor said I shouldn't have put anything on the ankle because the cut was too deep for that. Like I said above though, it was a really awkward spot on my ankle to get a good look at - it didn't hurt terribly bad (until the infection). I'll stay away from the bag balm next time.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,490

    Stitches and a flushing agent (saline) can be applied by anyone who knows how to sew. The doc need only assess the damage. In my case, the tear was in a location I couldn't see (just under the chin, underneath my goatee).
    captaincranky likes this.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,507   +2,300

    And the moral of the story is, boys and girls, if you want to look like the devil by wearing a goatee, there's hell to pay.....!:oops:
    wiyosaya and davislane1 like this.

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