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Virtual visits to doc may be cheaper than and as effective as in-person visits

The Washington Post, January 22, 2013
A new study suggests that "e-visits" to health-care providers for sinus infections and urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be cheaper than in-person office visits and similarly effective. For e-visits, patients fill out online forms about their symptoms and a doctor or nurse gets back to them within a few hours with treatment advice. In the study, the main difference between e-visits and office visits was that patients who received their care online were prescribed more antibiotics, a finding that could be concerning but is hard to interpret on its own, researchers said.