You use the internet to check your e-mail, read the news, or chat with friends and now you can use it to see a doctor without ever leaving your home. It is called "MDwebLive", and it is already bringing patients and doctors together even though they may be hundreds of miles apart.
Dr. Stephan Parker, M.D., co-founder of Florida based MDwebLive, says, "MDwebLive would not be for emergencies, but minor infections, rashes, colds, flu, ear aches, eye irritation -- those are just some of the things you could come to MDwebLive for".
The doctor can make a diagnosis and order medication online. Patients pay $99.95 to access MDwebLive- that includes a camera, head set and the first online doctor visit. After that, it is $40 dollars up front per consultation.
It is as convenient as it is controversial. Some argue that patients need that face-to-face relationship with a doctor, at least initially, before getting help through a computer visit. Another argument is that there are some things you just cannot see or feel with a webcam.