For the price of $1 app, or nothing if you visit the website, you get a live link with real-live doctors, a network of some 50,000 strong, to answer your medical questions.
How to Navigate:
- On the site’s homepage, type in your medical question in the search box and call up answers that network docs have already given to similar questions asked by members.
- Become a member yourself by clicking on the aqua-marine “Sign Up” box at the top right of the homepage, the usual create-a-password-and-log-in drill. That way, you can get a doc to answer your personal but anonymous query whether anyone has ever asked it before or not.
- We inquired about a recent 140 systolic blood pressure reading and a young family medicine doc answered that persistent high BP required “further evaluation and treatment” and added that we should lay off the caffeine, “esp energy drinks.” Fair enough.
- But if you want an honest-to-god virtual consult, go over test results, etc., then you’ve got to upgrade to “Concierge” service ($44 a shot) or “Prime” ($99 for unlimited consults), and you’ll get plenty of encouragement from the site to do just that. At last count, according to the site, 17,132 people have reported that a Healthtap consult, Basic, Concierge or Prime, has saved their life.