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The Best Telemedicine Companies Compared

Telehealth or telemedicine use is on the rise since the COVD-19 pandemic hit. And, ever since the CDC recommended the benefits of telemedicine, the amount of companies providing online doctor services has exploded.

But not all telemedicine companies are created equal. While most offer board certified doctors, the quality of the service and app can be huge, plus the pricing can change dramatically. If you’re looking for an appointment with an online doctor, there tons of choices, making it difficult to find the right answer for you.

We’ve reviewed the best telemedicine services to make it easier for you to find the right online doctor.

Best For Immediate Access To Virtual Doctors For Urgent Needs

Doctor on Demand

Cost per consultation: $75

  • Available 24/7/365
  • Services available with and without insurance
  • Can provide prescriptions
  • Visits with doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists
  • Treatment for hundreds of issues 

Teladoc

Cost: $75 for everyday care without insurance

  • Available 24/7/365
  • Provided by your insurance plan, your employer, or other organization
  • Can provide prescriptions
  • Medical services include ear infections and sinus problems
  • Visits have no time limit

MDLive

Cost: $82 per urgent care visit

  • Virtual visits any time, day or night, and holidays
  • Short-term prescription refills
  • Treatment for over 50 non-emergency conditions like ear pain or allergies
  • Mental health support with licensed therapists or psychiatrists
  • Dermatology services

Amwell

Cost to download: Free

  • $79 or less for urgent care visits
  • $99 starting cost for online therapy visits
  • $269 initial online psychiatry visit, follow-up visit starting at $99
  • Available 24/7/365
  • Accepts several major insurance plans

Best For Mental Health And Access To Therapists

Talkspace

Cost: $65/week for just messaging, $99/week for messaging and 4 live videos

  • Covered by insurance
  • Matched with therapists in your state
  • Send therapists unlimited messages
  • Therapy available for adults, teens, and couples
  • Can get medication prescribed

Cerebral

Cost of medication and therapy plan: $35/week for the first month

  • Find licensed therapists and counselors online
  • Schedule live sessions or chat using the messenger tool
  • Meet in a secure, virtual room
  • Schedule short, mini-sessions or long, thorough sessions
  • Can get medication prescribed

Best For People On Tight Budgets Or If You Don’t Have Insurance

Sesame

Per average visit: $30

  • Book virtual visits with vetted doctors in your area without needing insurance for same day care
  • Chat with local licensed doctors near you
  • Get prescription refills, same day care
  • Book follow up, in-person appointments through the app

HealthTap

Cost: $10/month for unlimited monthly visits

  • Make unlimited calls or video chats to doctors 24/7
  • Get doctor-ordered prescriptions sent to your pharmacy or home
  • Order lab tests and see results on HealthTap
  • Get access to HealthTap’s massive library of member-asked, doctor-answered questions on any health-related topic or symptom

Best To Check Symptoms Or Text With Doctors

Just Answer

Cost: $18-$46 for a monthly subscription

  • Connect one on one in a text chat with 
  • Get near instant answers to your questions
  • No call or video chat support and Just Answer cannot provide prescriptions

Talkspace

Cost: $65/week for just messaging, $99/week for messaging and 4 live videos

  • Covered by insurance
  • Matched with therapists in your state
  • Send therapists unlimited messages
  • Therapy available for adults, teens, and couples
  • Can get medication prescribed

KHealth

Cost: $9/month or $19 for a one time visit

  • Message with a doctor
  • Use their smart AI to check your symptoms
  • Get prescribed medication over text
  • Therapy available for adults, teens, and couples
  • Can get medication prescribed

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