An online doctor can see patients for almost any health condition and can prescribe medication as well as refer you to a specialist. Online doctor’s are great to give you peace of mind & quick treatment, however they don’t have a built-in pharmacy for prescription delivery.
Galileo Health is a telehealth platform that provides patients with expert and individualized care from highly trained and fully qualified online doctors at any time of the day from anywhere in the states they currently operate - New York State, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Galileo Health was created by Dr Thomas Lee (MD), a Harvard qualified internist with the spirit of an entrepreneur and the drive of a visionary. Before launching Galileo Health, Dr Lee created One Medical, which has since gone on to lead an dominate the field of technology-led primary care, and Epocrates, a revolutionary smartphone app which has become an invaluable medical reference tool.
Dr Lee was inspired to create Galileo Health after coming to the realization that the model of healthcare that he had been a part of for a few years just didn’t work in the modern world. In a world ruled by instant gratification and free same-day delivery, the process of seeing a doctor face-to-face was inconvenient, expensive and ineffective.
He started the wave that was Galileo Health by first bringing together a team of exceptional medical practitioners and then reimagining the relationship between doctor and patient. Dr Lee and the team then created next-gen tech that had the potential to help the average person live better, healthier and happier lives.
Underpinning all of this was a desire to make quality healthcare more accessible, effective and affordable. Galileo Health is run according to 5 key principles:
Galileo Health takes the best elements of traditional medicine and combines it with cutting edge software, essentially employing “best-in-class clinical thinking with a thoughtful, personalized approach” to provide their patients with a level care they’re unlikely to ever have experienced before.
Galileo Health offers patients’ instant access to both everyday care and ongoing care
Everyday Care covers common medical issues and includes:
Ongoing Care, as the name suggests is aimed at improving your health in the long terms and provides patients with access to their medical information as well identifying significant trends and patterns to improve your health in a holistic manner. Ongoing Care can also assist in the extended treatment of the following medical ailments:
Unlike some of the larger telehealth platforms we’ve previously reviewed, Galileo Health is only available in New York State, Pennsylvania or Connecticut. As with those other platforms, the first thing the patient needs to do is download the app. Their smartphone app is compatible with both Android and iOS smart technology. To get the app, the patient must enter their phone number on the Galileo Health website. They will be then be sent a link that will allow them to download the app.
Once the app is installed, the patient will need to set up their personal profile and then select the level of membership that best suits their needs and budget (more on these options in the next section of this review).
Once they are all set up, the patient will be connected to one of Galileo Health’s fully qualified and board-certified virtual doctors who will then ask them a number of general medical questions to help them understand the needs of each particular individual.
Once the patient has completed all of the above, they are now able to request an online consultation with one of the virtual doctors on call within a matter of minutes. One feature that Galileo Health offer that the competition does not is the option to recommend to you an in-person specialist near your location if deemed necessary.
As we mentioned earlier, one of the beliefs that Galileo Health is based on is providing high-quality medical care at an affordable price. And looking at the two packages they offer, it’s clear that they are serious about this belief.
The Basic package costs just $59 a year and includes:
Standard package costs $139.00 a year and includes a lengthy list of benefits that includes:
Dr Lee looked at the healthcare system and realized it was broken. He then set out to recreate it and combined it with modern technology, making it more efficient, convenient and cost-effective. Like all telemedicine platforms, it democratizes healthcare by making it significantly less expensive while also making it accessible to every person that has access to the internet. Today Galileo Health offer a slick service that far outperforms the traditional version and while it may not be suitable for all situations and all individuals, we would be failing in our duty if we did not recommend that you give them a try so that you can experience the pros and cons for yourself.