Trying Out Doctor On Demand

Toby

The other day, Toby had a terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad cold (plus, a hacking cough). But the last thing I wanted to do was bundle everyone up and walk half a mile in the snow to the doctor’s office. Plus, you end up waiting for the appointment with a bunch of other sniffly kids…

Toby

So, instead, we cuddled in bed and talked to a fantastic doctor on my laptop.

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Have you heard of Doctor On Demand? They provide video visits with board-certified physicians, doctorate-level psychologists, and lactation consultants (YES!!). I was initially skeptical — would it really work to have a doctor’s visit over a laptop? But I had heard great things from friends and was curious to try it.

How it works: You can download their free app, or log onto their site. Doctors are available every day of the year. Visits start at $40 and are covered by many insurance plans and employers, and their physicians are able to prescribe a wide range of prescription drugs.

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We had our virtual appointment with Dr. Aditi Joshi. She was warm and reassuring, and asked us all about Toby’s symptoms. It felt good to be able to talk to her face-to-face, and she even made jokes with Toby.

Of course, Doctor On Demand doesn’t replace all doctor’s visits — when Anton crashed on his scooter, we rushed him straight to the emergency room. But for run-of-the-mill, non-emergency issues (think: cold, flu, rashes, sore throat, sinus infections, upset stomach…), we are psyched to be able to see a board-certified physician on my phone or laptop.

I also have to say, years ago, when I was suffering from postpartum depression, the thought of finding a psychiatrist or psychologist, getting a babysitter, taking a cab through the city and sitting in a waiting room felt totally overwhelming and almost impossible. Doctor On Demand would have made all the difference.

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After the appointment — Dr. Joshi said all was fine and recommended fluids — I made Toby the special drink that my mom always made us when we were sick: orange juice with sugar around the rim. Little bunny.

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We are so grateful for this service! Thanks so much, Doctor On Demand.

Bonus for all readers: Use code CUPOFJO to receive one free doctor visit.

(Photos by Belathée Photography for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Doctor on Demand, a service we were thrilled to discover. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. Jennifer says...

    Joanna,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for featuring this service on your blog. I was feeling totally crummy tonight with a UTI I have had since last night (it is now Sunday evening and there are no open urgent care clinics where I live), and I was dreading another night of waiting for the doctor’s office to open in the morning, and then the hassle of having to convince them I needed an appointment so I could get in to see the doctor to write me a prescription. My husband reminded me that I had read about Doctor on Demand on your website, and encouraged me to try it out.

    Long story short: I waited for a doctor for two minutes, we talked for five minutes, and she had the prescription sent to my 24-hour pharmacy before we ended the visit. All of this happened between 10:00 and 10:30 pm. It is like magic! If anyone is wondering, like I was, if this would work for something like a UTI, know that it will, and give it a shot.

    I am so grateful. Thank you!

  2. Steph B says...

    We used this service tonight based on your recommendation after 5 days of a come and go fever and snot for days. I’ve never seen our three year old so sad and of course I reached my worry threshold on a Sunday. It felt great not to get dressed or go for a drive to the dr. Our sweet girl has a nasty viral infection and it will pass. Apparently, I will shower and see the outside world again, and our baby will want to eat something other than Popsicles. Fingers crossed. Thank you so much!

  3. Marybeth says...

    Joanna, I just used this service tonight while traveling for work, and it meant so much to me to be able to contact a doctor about my questions/concerns in real time versus having to wait for weeks until I could be home to visit a doctor. The doctor I was matched with was so kind and helpful. A tremendous thank you for sharing this will all of us!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad to hear it!! xoxo

  4. My doctor does house calls. I pay about $5,500 a year and my family of 3 is completely covered for all health issues. Doctor visits. Hospitalization. Prescriptions. Physical therapy. All top quality–France has one of the best systems in the world. Shorter waits than in NY.
    I adore socialized medicine.

  5. SB_sweetie says...

    With this and the grocery delivery service you posted about previously, you’ll never have to leave your apartment!

  6. zivar says...

    this excites me in some ways, easy prescriptions when you know whats up, but also terrifies me. my mom and brother are both doctors and having a healthy relationship with my doctors has always been paramount. i live in brooklyn and love my doctor, ob-gyn, and pediatrician to our infant. they may not call back right away for non-urgent matters but they always do eventually. knowing my history, having a sense of my body and the way it work, and having a real (off-line) relationship is so important in good healthcare! i have such a love/hate reaction to this tech revolution.. it may be offering us more convenience and faster response time but it is often pulling us toward isolation and away from community, systems of connectivity that keep us healthy!

  7. Shannon says...

    I love the idea of having a virtual lactation consultant and psychologist. I agree this would have been helpful for me after my son was born and I was having trouble with postpartum anxiety. I made the step to call a psychologist but didn’t go through with an appointment because I knew she would want me to eventually leave my son at home to meet with her and at the time that gave me more anxiety than getting the help I needed. I definitely would take advantage of this option if I have that experience in the future.

  8. amanda says...

    This is a great service to know about. TOTALLY OFF TOPIC, but can you share what the gorgeous blue wall color is in the photo of you and Toby? Hope all are healthy in your house now!

  9. LG says...

    you could just call your doctors’ triage line and leave a message with a nurse. They will call you back and discuss. They may recommend your child may be seen, or will tell you what to watch out for in case your child progresses.
    I think telemedicine is advancing and these services will be much more common. i still think it is absolutely important to establish a relationship with a physician, and often times health care corporations offer platforms on which to communicate with your doctor in between visits.
    I’m sure in your situation (having physicians in your family) you knew your child was not in danger, and you just got advice, which seems perfectly appropriate.

    • Gabi says...

      Depends on you doctor’s practice. Our pediatrician doesn’t talk to patients on the phone. It’s the nurse who you can talk to and she decides whether we need to come in and see the doctor. In this case I would rather call a doctor.

  10. Nicole Brant says...

    Thank you for this. I just checked and they are covered by my insurance. This is wonderful for me since my doctor is always booked months in advance and I’m told to see urgent care. This will save me time and money.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad to hear it!

  11. I’ve used a similar service that’s covered by my insurance company, and it is SUCH a help when I get UTIs! I’ve gotten them for years and am far too aware of all the symptoms. Sitting in pain in a waiting room with a bunch of contagious people is the last thing I want to do, just to pee in a cup and be told, “Yep, you’re right. It’s a UTI.” These services are brilliant!

  12. I would have LOVED such an easy way to get advice from a lactation consultant, and help with postpartum depression. Being a new mom is so hard, it’s nice that getting help is a little easier now.

  13. mosey says...

    How about a bluetooth stethoscope, otoscope, etc. that enable your online doctor to hear your chest, see inside your ears, check your throat and so on…

  14. Jo says...

    Completely irrelevant to your article, but I love your dark wall and contrasting stripey headboard. Could you do an article on how to make dark walls work and show some more pics of the room please? I really want to use a similar style in our new house! Thank you.

  15. CM says...

    Maven Clinic is another one that is great! I like it because it’s focus is solely on women’s heath. Aside physicians and nurse practitioners, they offer nutritionists, lactation consultants, birth educators, pediatricians, etc. I have received great care from them!

  16. My husband is a board certified dermatologist in Chicago and has an app and a website for skin conditions. Go to dermio.com, upload a photo and you can get a diagnosis within 24 hours from board certified dermatologists. $40/consult, and if you can’t be diagnosed, no charge. Give it a try!

    • jeannie says...

      This is amazing!

  17. I love the video option. I’ve used Virtuwell before, but it’s not immediate and if you have to take pictures, you have to wait for someone to receive them – being able to talk over video is so handy!! When I know my kiddo has pink eye or something similar, the last thing I want to do is have to drive to the doctor when I know what they’re going to say.

  18. dhannon says...

    Gosh, Toby looks like a miniature version of you, Joanna. What sweet pics and glad he’s feeling better.

  19. yael steren says...

    Hmm I’m not sure how I feel about this bc if it’s virtual they can’t listen with a stethoscope to hear how you are breathing or feel your glands to see if they are swollen etc. I personally would feel more comfortable with an in person visit, especially with a kid! xx yael

    http://www.yaelsteren.com/blog/

  20. Geny says...

    Love Toby’s new haircut!

  21. Lauren says...

    Jo, it is always very apparent that you genuinely recommend the companies that you promote, and I really appreciate that. I have never been let down by one of your endorsements. (Madewell, Boxed, Blue Apron, tons of baby gifts, etc., etc.)

    This particular post compelled me to share that here because it gave me a lot of hope. My partner suffered a terrible back injury two years ago that set off a chain reaction resulting in degenerative disc disease, sciatica, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis… needless to say, it’s hard for him to get around. :) His doctor has continuously recommended he receive mental health therapy to help him deal with his pain and new lifestyle (he used to golf practically every day, play basketball…) but his visits are few and far between because of the pain of going to his therapist’s office. I think this service could change that.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so, so glad, lauren. it could be really great for him.

  22. Sophie says...

    Wow, just wow. I can’t imagine paying to see a doctor! And $40???!! Crazy. So glad that I live in a country where we have socialised medicine that is free at the point of delivery (the UK) and that I have a great Drs surgery in my village where I can always get a same day appointment if I call in the morning. We also have a free telephone helpline which gives advice 24/7. I can see how this could be useful for US families who aren’t fortunate enough to be able to access healthcare in this way, but I share concerns that others have raised about the necessity of physical exams. $40 seems like a lot to pay just for reassurance!

    • Lauren says...

      Sophie, if only all Americans could realize this… :( It’s true, our health care system is horrible. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got, unfortunately.

    • Neda says...

      There is actually a very similar service here in the UK called Push Doctor. It costs (i think) £35 for a “visit”, meant for times you can’t (or don’t want to) get an out of hours appointment or don’t want to go to A&E. I’ve never used Push Doctor, but have heard good things about them.

    • Nicole Brant says...

      And sadly, here in the US, $40 is cheap… I dearly wish we had socialized medicine.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same. luckily, many insurances cover this cost, but the whole health care system is still so complicated. and i find it completely absurd that breast pump rentals and lactation consultants aren’t widely and completely covered.

    • Emma Bee says...

      Just FYI Obamacare requires that lactation consultants and breast pumps be at least partially covered by insurance. Check with your insurance for specifics – mine required that the LC be a licensed medical professinal (ie. RN) in order for it to be covered.
      https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/breast-feeding-benefits/

    • Janna says...

      A lot of insurance plans now cover a free breast pump if you have a baby (or if not fully, partially, per one of the above comments). Also, it’s about knowing what resources are available. There were lactation consultants available daily right at the hospital during delivery. I also remembered that my nurse pointed to a lactation consultant phone number in my discharge papers when I was heading home after delivery. I used it several months after delivery after issues upon returning to work – absolutely fantastic and completely free. Also, your pediatrician is a great resource for this. At my pediatrician’s office, there is a lactation room where a lactation consultant works with you and baby when you need help.

    • Janna says...

      Also, I meant to mention – be resourceful and borrow a friend’s or a relative’s pump! For hygiene, simply buy new accessories (tubing, bottles, etc.), which are a fraction of the cost of a good powerful pump. I used my sister’s pump, and several friends offered to lend theirs.

  23. Jenica Rose-Stine says...

    I am a pediatrician and mom to two young kids. I sure hope that medicine doesn’t evolve to be patient-doctor relationships via screen. So much is lost when it’s not an in-person interaction. For example, with a simple cough, could there be wheezing also and need breathing treatments? When there is >7-10 days of congestion in young kids often there is a new ear infection. That can’t be diagnosed well via screen. (and either can the ear infection that usually accompanies pink eye in children). There is no good substitute for putting your hands (and eyes and ears) on a patient. And I think pediatricians (vs other generalists who treat majority adults) are more skilled and confident in diagnosing and treating kids (and sometimes knowing when NOT to treat them with antibiotics); you may not know if the person you are talking to is board certified in pediatrics. I do think the Lactation Consultants via screen could be a good (at least initial) touch-base for anxious new mothers. So all in all, I think you get what you pay for (and wait for), even in healthcare.

    • jaclyn says...

      All of the doctors on the site are board certified.

      As a patient, I really like the idea of a virtual assessment. I work a full time office job and most often I’m not able to take time off work for a doctor’s visit, especially when I know exactly what is wrong with me and just need a simple script. Also, the last time I went to the doctor I sat in the office for an hour past my appointment time and once I got in the office, all she did was take my temp ask a few questions and write me a script (for medication I suggested, btw).

      Maybe if doctor’s started having better office hours that were more realistic in the modern age we live in (i.e., evening and weekend hours) then maybe less people would need to rely on a virtual doctor’s visits.

    • Melanie Smith says...

      All of the Doctor on Demand physicians, including the pediatricians are all US board certified. It’s a requirement.

    • Jenna says...

      Just used their services (I have bronchitis), but I appreciated that the doctor told me to go in to see a doctor in person for a chest X-ray if I hadn’t improved with a day or two of antibiotics in case it develop into pneumonia. I felt comfortable that she knew what could be diagnosed in a web call. I’m grateful I didn’t have to leave the house and sit in a doctors office when I’m feeling so terrible.

  24. Jennifer says...

    I think his is great for things that are non life threating. Now to have this for pets lol. But again we know that if it gets worse or a different life syptom occurs to go to the hospital or we may even be referred to our personal doctor. Thanks for the info and treat!

  25. Monica says...

    Oh my, Toby looks like such a big boy now with his new hair!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know!! i kept telling the hair stylist to leave it long and shaggy, but she did the big boy cut. it’s cute but he’s growing up too quickly!! :)

  26. Lovely family photos. I am a long time did not read your blog. How quickly time flies…

    Sincerely, Stacy
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  27. Kim says...

    I, too, don’t feel comfortable with this concept. There are so many things a doctor can miss by not being able to examine a patient. I suspect that patients are rarely referred for in-person appointments because it would be upsetting to have to pay for two visits.

    Also, it is super important to build a long-term relationship with your own doctor. This service encourages disjoint care, which can be dangerous.

    • rachel says...

      I agree with you but unfortunately there are many people who are unable to have a long-term doctor because of insurance problems. My family had to get on a new plan this year and only one hospital in our city takes it, which means we can’t go to our normal doctor anymore. Even if we pay out of pocket! It’s “illegal” they said. So we are at the mercy of minute clinics, which is certainly not ideal. Healthcare in the U.S. absolutely needs to change. I am so frustrated!!

  28. Ana says...

    Here in my country (Croatia), this in unimaginable. We have social medical insurance with full coverage for pediatric patients. That means that you can come to see a specialist in pediatrics when ever you like, for what ever minor issue you have. I work in a pediatric office, and people come to see me for example, after a walk in a near by park, because the kid (totally healthy) had a slight sensation in his ear, so they just came by to be reassured it was nothing. I do not have to mention that our health system is financially crashing because of spoiled patients of all groups. People would never pay here to get a pediatric service like that. But I like the concept so much. When a doctor has experience, by asking crucial questions, he can really target the problem with almost 100% certainty.
    I love your blog very much, it is like a breath of fresh air :)

  29. Katherine says...

    I agree it’s great for something minor, and a lot of kids have viral infections that their parents are worried about but probably don’t really need to see a doctor-and the accessibility is good. I do have concerns about keeping things confidential, and feel that health information is something that could be targeted if it’s on the internet. Also I think the physician takes on a higher risk in not seeing the patient, although of course many places have triage systems anyway and this another form of that.

  30. Prudence says...

    It is amazing what technology can do! Doctor visits right in the comfort of home sounds fantastic, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  31. Trina says...

    I am a family doc with a large health care organization and we do tons of phone advice visits. Our “urgent care” is 90% phone calls, and we’re doing more and more video visits so I see the good in something like this for the advice aspect. However I think caution needs to be taken with this – how can they do a proper lung exam on a sick kid? Ears? Throat? This is bread and butter for acutely ill kids. How are they checking urines on all these UTIs? I could go on. At best this is a great triage and advice service With the benefit of being able to get a simple rx…hopefully not improperly prescribed antibiotics.

  32. Shelby says...

    Just like one commenter also said, there are many times when you already KNOW what the issue is (I get frequent UTIs and I walk in knowing what’s up) or if you just need a refill of a certain medication in between the checkups required for that medication.
    Also, sometimes you just want to hear from a doctor that all your kid needs is fluids and rest, and if you can’t hustle your whole fam for a three hour Oregon-trail journey to the doctor, and $40 gives you that peace of mind, then go for it!
    I’m all for this idea! And I still have the wisdom to know that if I accidentally cut my finger off with a dull Ikea knife to NOT call Dr. Aditi and head to the ER instead. Common sense y’all.
    Thanks for sharing this, Joanna!

  33. Liz says...

    I used a similar service when my little guy was just born and I had mastitis. I felt so miserable and the idea of driving 45 minutes to urgent care to wait an unknown amount of time with my newborn was so stressful. The doctor called in a prescription and it was so much easier. I wouldn’t use it if there was a possibility of something that needs an in person review but for something like pink eye it’s perfect!

  34. Jeanna says...

    As a physician myself and mom, I am not sure how I feel about this service. She can’t listen to the lungs or get a good look at a throat from the laptop. Seems like a pretty superficial overview, but maybe all some moms need is a little reassurance?

    • Erin says...

      I completely agree. I’m a veterinarian, and I have to admit this kind of thing makes me very nervous. I feel like nothing is an adequate substitute for hands-on exam.

  35. Keri says...

    This is awesome!
    Video consults are starting to be used more frequently for physical therapy in australia too where there is such a large population that live in rural and remote areas that don’t necessarily have access to a physical therapist!
    In alberta (canada) there is Health Link – you can call and speak with a nurse and they recommend treatment at home (i.e. fluids when you have the flu) or tell you if you should go see a physician.
    Accessible health care for the win!!

  36. Katie Larissa says...

    Joanna! Thank you for this recommendation! I’ve downloaded the app, and I’m definitely going to be using this in the future. I struggle with UTIs, and it’s so frustrating to have to drop $100 or more to go to a clinic for a prescription when I already know my problem! Also I have a baby who’s had two colds in one month, and I haven’t wanted to take him in to our doctor to sit in the waiting room for hours, just soaking up all the strangers’ delicious germs. 🙄

  37. angela h says...

    this new concept of telehealth is amazing… too new for me right now but i’m sure it’ll be the norm in the coming years!

  38. Ruby says...

    Board certified in what though? Someone can be board certified in adult medicine but that doesn’t mean they know much about kids. The doc mentioned above is not on the American Board of Pediatrics website .
    Consider knowing WHO you’re talking to and WHAT they’re training is.

  39. I would have loved this when my son had pink eye when we were out of town. Luckily a call to the pediatrician worked just as well for something that simple and she was able to fax the prescription to the local Wal-Greens. Are they opened all hours of the night?

    Toby is adorable. Such a big kid now. My son won’t be 5 until December but I also see him losing his baby face.

  40. Lulu says...

    Visits start at $40?! Free healthcare is one of the many reasons I am grateful I live in Australia.

    • Lana says...

      So interesting to read your comment. I don’t know how healthcare is free in Australia unless you go to a bulk billing doctor and exclude dentists, orthodontists etc. and require zero tests. I’m originally from Germany where healthcare is truly free but have lived in Australia for nearly 10 years – I always find it odd hearing Australians claim their healthcare is free. $40 is pretty good also for Australia

    • Same! I live in the UK – can’t imagine paying to see a doctor (although that may soon be a reality thanks to the evil Tory government).

    • Christie says...

      Most people who have insurance in the US would also only have a small co-pay for a doctor’s visit. A visit to urgent care would be more. My pediatrician offers a nurse’s line, so you can call and discuss your symptoms, and they tell you whether you should come in. Often, the answer is no. That’s free.

  41. rach says...

    I am curious how different this varies from an advice nurse. I’m a Kaiser member & there’s an advice nurse on call 24/7. Obviously doctors & nurses differ in education, experience & training, but I’m curious for those “run-of-the-mill” colds, how different it’d be to talk to a real life doctor

  42. omg, this is awesome! We have had so many situations where going to the doctor was adding much more stress. Thanks for sharing!

  43. I am so glad you did this post. I was just about to try to find a lactation consultant and am thrilled to try this out!!

  44. Tara Sharp says...

    Great post, great service, and kudos to you for continuing to mention PPD! You’re the best!!

  45. Brenna says...

    As a physician, I find these types of services concerning. Even if it is “just a cold” and convenient, the value of doing a physical exam on a sick patient cannot be underrated. There are numerous diagnoses that can’t be seen over a video visit — and might not be caught in a parent’s/patients description of their symptoms. I would just caution parents to use this service sparingly and cultivate a good relationship with their pediatrician. Most pediatricians/family physicians are happy to call and speak with parents wanting to know if symptoms are ‘just a cold’ or something worth a clinic visit. Just some thoughts!

  46. What a time to be alive.

    This service sounds amazing and it’s very practical! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful services, tools, and brands Joanna. You rock.

    SarahJaiheLee.com

  47. Clara says...

    I thought the title said “Decor on Demand” and I was expecting an interior designer who would Skype in and give you home decorating advice! — The Doctor on Demand is awesome, but now I want Decor on Demand, too.

  48. So cool! Would love to have this service for my patients in the future (I’m a pediatrician in training.) Nevertheless, keep in mind that it’s harder to assess if a child is truly ill without a proper physical exam. It’s a great resource for the simple colds and viruses though, and will hopefully streamline care more in the future :)

  49. Joy says...

    On the one hand, that’s really convenient… on the other hand, you can miss something really serious by skipping the exam portion. Did you have to sign/click any sort of waiver or disclaimer saying that they were not liable if Toby ended up really ill or hospitalized?

  50. Sandra says...

    I love that the doctor is sporting an awesome red lipstick…at first I thought Toby was just cozied up watching you work on a piece for the blog or something. :-)

  51. wow, I was just thinking about trying this for myself (and might tonight when my husband is home to watch the kids). Thanks for the review!

  52. Hannah says...

    This is such a good idea. In Australia we can have a doctor to come to our house after hours and we don’t pay anything out of pocket. We are so blessed with our healthcare system.

  53. I had heard about Doctor on demand a while ago but was skeptical. I always expected to end up getting Dr. Nick from the the Simpsons. (Hi everybody!)
    I will certainly be getting the app for the next time actually getting to the dr isn’t possible.

  54. Lisa says...

    Toby is starting to look so much like Alex in that 3rd picture!

  55. Marina says...

    I tried Doctor on Demand a few months ago after I started displaying mild symptoms of a UTI. I’m very familiar with UTIs unfortunately and knew exactly what was going on. Seeing a doctor within minutes and getting a prescription quickly was amazing!! In the past I’ve had to wait in discomfort just to be diagnosed with something I already knew I had. I will definitely use this ap again, but hopefully not too soon! ;)

    • D-Mannose lady, or talk to a naturopathic doctor :)

    • Shelby says...

      Second the D-Mannose! You can get it in most health food store in supplement form. LIFE CHANGER.

    • Ashley says...

      Third the D- mannose! I am a licensed naturopathic physician, and I’ve seen D-mannose work for a UTI that turned into severe pyelonephritis when antibiotics failed. If it’s an E. Coli Infection, which >90% of UTI’s are, then the infection is usually gone within 24 hours. D-mannose will not work for other types of bacteria, though, so be aware of that. You have to take a high dose every two hours until symptoms resolve. See your doctor if symptoms do not fully clear within 48 hours.

      I love the idea of telehealth. I plan to incorporate this into my practice at some point. Many people have difficulty accessing functional and integrative practitioners where they live, so this type of service could truly be life-changing for many!

  56. Whoa! What a game changer!!! I think this sounds amazing because it’s no fun packing up kids over a cold.

  57. Cynthia says...

    I think it’s a great idea for something minor, plus it’s a pain having to take both children with you and then there’s the chance the well child could catch something in the waiting room. 99% of the time, with children it’s usually a virus and of course, antibiotics don’t work for viruses.

  58. Zywie says...

    Plus you have an extra doctor in the family – aunt Lucy!!

  59. Kristen says...

    Be careful! There are so many things a doctor is going to miss by not doing a physical exam or running tests. For example, Strep in babies can look mucus-y like a cold and be missed. My babe would have gone untreated if my pediatrician hadnt run the rapid strep test.

  60. I’ve seen a few of these apps on various blogs and subway ads. I dont’ have kids but may have to try it for myself!

    Moreover, TOBY GOT A HAIRCUT! He’s a big kid now. At least there’s cute Anton left with his long bowl cut. :)

  61. Jen says...

    This service is so great!! It’s becoming more and more popular for employers to offer (reduces work place absence for doc visits or minor illnesses so it’s in everyone’s best interest to provide these to employees!)

    If it’s not covered by your medical insurance you can still access it you just pay the full $40 cost (which, IMO, is still well worth it in many cases!!). But remember that it then doesn’t apply towards your deductible or out of pocket maximum, you are seeking it as a service outside your plan.

    • Lidia says...

      somebody works in HR :-)

    • Jen says...

      LOL!!! My comment is a bit SQUARE, but I don’t work in HR :S maybe i should consider a career move!

  62. Kylie says...

    We used this service during the Christmas season because we had absolutely NO free time or extra sanity to drive my daughter to a doctor, wait in the waiting room, all that blah-blah-blah. We were in “line” for 15 minutes and had a prescription down the street from us 5 minutes after that. She was all better a few days later. TOTAL CONVERT. Can you imagine using this while on vacation? Game changer!

  63. he looks so so grown up in these pictures! hope he’s feeling better

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  64. Anna says...

    Check with your insurance company too — like mine, they may provide this service as part of your package.

  65. Mary Jenkins says...

    Oh, Toby! That face!

  66. Lactation consultants? SHUT UP! Lol that is honestly great news – these days I hate the idea of dragging my toddler along when I bring our newborn in for a visit. But as a first time mom around cold season, leaving the house felt so incredibly overwhelming! I’m very pleased to hear they have included LC in this service!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I agree! I remember my friend had to drive with a tiny, tiny newborn from Brooklyn to New Jersey to meet with a lactation consultant and she was so overwhelmed. This service is really so great.