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Text-a-doctor app offers instant medical advice
Health apps and wearable trackers are on the rise for recording our fitness progress. But when it comes down to even the most minor diagnosis, we want to place our trust in a real-life medical expert. Preferably one wearing a white coat.
The First Opinion app aims to bridge that gap between health apps and the experience of visiting a medical practitioner. The app brings you into direct contact with real doctors from all around the world that can provide you with live consultation and medical advice.
The app features a pool of doctors to choose from but before choosing the ideal doctor for your case, you get the chance to browse through a brief bio of their specialty, years of experience, their location and previously answered questions. The app also includes a peer review from another doctor, offering patients a clearer and more insightful picture about the doctor they are about to consult.
If you’re willing to wait 24 hours for an answer, then the service is free of charge. But for those looking for an answer within five minutes, the cost sits at $9 per month, with another option of answers within three minutes for $29 per month.
So, while it may be a starting point for medical advice, First Opinion should be exactly that – your first opinion. The app, currently available only for iOS, is perfect example of why reading the terms and conditions section is always a must.