CHICAGO (CBS) — You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to see the doctor anymore, and your doctor doesn’t have to leave the office to come see you.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mariam Sobh reports a new E-Visit program is being offered by the DuPage Medical Group. The electronic visits cost $35, and give patients the chance to see a doctor for minor illnesses – including colds, coughs, back pain, or heartburn – or to refill prescriptionsREAD MORE: City Council To Meet Again Friday With Renaming Lake Shore Drive On Agenda
Dr. Mark Nelson said he has been using the program since early Spring to provide virtual care for patients from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.READ MORE: Man Stabbed On CTA Blue Line Train
“This is actually pretty basic,” he said. “It is just an email, but we advertise the fact your doctor will answer you directly within four hours.”
Nelson said the DuPage Medical Group hopes to add a video option to the program by December.MORE NEWS: 'Work-Share Illinois' Helping Workers Who Are Partially Laid Off By Employers
“Our group wants to really be technologically innovative, and we figure this is a good first step,” he said.