If you don’t have a primary care doctor, you can still arrange a virtual appointment for the treatment of many common ailments with one of the more than 80 direct-to-consumer telemedicine services that have sprung up online over the last decade.
Services such as Amwell, DoctorOnDemand, LiveHealth Online, MDLIVE, SteadyMD, and others can arrange a live video consultation between you and a doctor, a psychotherapist, or certain other providers, often within minutes.
A few services charge flat subscription fees, and others bill per virtual visit. Some services accept insurance.
This article first appeared in the July 2020 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.