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Doctor-patient relationship is moving online

Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2010

Online physician consultations are already being used to treat patients for non-emergency conditions and to answer questions about minor ailments, symptoms, or medications. As of last year, however, less than 5% of doctors communicating online with their patients were being paid to do so. That's slowly starting to change as big insurers, such as Cigna, Aetna, a number of Blue Shield plans, Wellpoint and Humana, have begun to reimburse doctors for online clinical consultations, the Los Angeles Times reports.