The world in 2019 is ruled by technology, dominating every sphere of our day-to-day lives. Just think how naked we’d feel without our cellphones. From shopping to socializing and even dating, it was only a matter of time before healthcare followed suit.
Think about it for a minute – up until now, going to the doctor was a long and time-consuming process - first, we’d call to set up an appointment, which can sometimes end up only taking place almost a month later. Then we’d have to travel to their offices before spending what almost always feels like an eternity in their waiting rooms, a place filled with other ill patients (each of whom could potentially be adding to your woes) before finally seeing the doctor. Next, we’d be off to the pharmacy to have our prescription filled.
Now all of this is time-consuming, but it can also be awkward and downright embarrassing when it comes to some of the more… intimate problems we might have. Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, STDs… Well thanks to telemedicine, all have to do is pick up our smartphone and within a day or two, we can have the medication brought right to our door.
Today we will be looking at Lemonaid Health, an online doctor’s office and mail-order pharmacy that promises convenient care at an affordable price.
ABOUT LEMONAID HEALTH
17% of adults and children in the United States do not have any form of medical insurance. Thankfully, Lemonaid Health claim that are here to provide everyone with convenient and affordable healthcare – whether they have medical insurance or not.
Founded in 2013 by Ian Van Every (President), Jason Hwang (Chief Medical Officer) and Paul Johnson (CEO), Lemonaid Health is based in San Francisco and is backed by LMNS Medical Group Inc.
Using a system based on telemedicine, Lemonaid Health aim to provide their patients same-day online consultations with a fully qualified doctor, a guaranteed response time of 2 hours, delivery of medication to a nearby pharmacy (certain treatments are delivered right to the patient’s door) and smartphone access for both Android and iOS.
AREAS OF SERVICE
At the moment, Lemonaid Health offer their services in the following 17 states:
THE LEMONAID HEALTH ONLINE PROCESS
Lemonaid Health can be accessed in the following ways:
Using any of the methods, patients using Lemonaid Health can access the following services:
To get started visit www.lemonaidhealth.com or open the app and click on the particular service you need followed by the Start Visit button.
Next, you will be asked a few general health questions that covers your medical history, the symptoms you are currently suffering from, any medication that you may already be on, etc. The patient must then post a selfie, photo ID and any pics that will help the doctor or nurse make a diagnosis. The patient will also need to authorize a $25 payment to Lemonaid Health for the consultation on their credit card.
Depending on which state, the patient is from, a live video consultation is required in lieu of photos, allowing the doctor/nurse to be as accurate as possible with their diagnosis. The video consultation takes place as soon as you submit your visit.
If the patient has completed all of the above steps during business hours (Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST and Saturday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST), a Lemonaid Health medical practitioner will review and respond within 2 hours. If it is after hours, the patient can expect a response with 24 hours.
If the patient qualifies for a prescription, they have the medication sent to one of Lemonaid Health’s physical pharmacy partners, have the prescription filled and collected from any pharmacy in the US or, medication for hair loss, erectile dysfunction and birth control can be delivered right to their door for free.
Men between the ages of 30 and 66 can have their Erectile Dysfunction treated with Cialis, Viagra or a generic sildenafil. Treatment for ED can be delivered to the patient’s door.
The Lemonaid Health website does not go into much detail regarding this affliction and their treatment of it. What they do mention is that the treatment costs start from $1 per pill, the consultation fee is $25, packaging is discreet, and shipping is fast, free and delivered to the patient’s door.
Men suffering from male pattern balding who are approved for treatment by Lemonaid Health doctors are prescribed a generic version of Finasteride 1mg.
Cost: $1 per Finasteride pill
ORAL AND GENITAL HERPES
Anti-viral drugs are used to treat these embarrassing and unsightly afflictions. The patient may be prescribed Valacyclovir 1g (generic of Valtrex), Acyclovir 400 mg (generic of Zovirax) or Famciclovir 500 mg (generic of Famvir).
Cost: Treatment for both oral and genital herpes starts $50 for a 90-day supply
Patients who suspect that they may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease can visit a Lemonaid Health partner lab where they can be tested for the 2 most common STDs. If they test positive for chlamydia, the Lemonaid Health doctors will prescribe a treatment, if their medical history shows them to be suitable. Patients will receive their results in 3-5 working days.
Cost: $55 per test
Women between the ages of 18 and 49 can get a year’s prescription of birth control pills, choosing their preferred option from over 100 different brands. Also available are Xulane patches and NuvaRings birth control ring.
Cost: $15 per month or $45 for a three-month supply of birth control pills
For those looking to kick cigarette butts to the kerb, Lemonaid Health offers two solutions - Zyban (bupropion) and Chantix (varenicline). Zyban contains an active ingredient often found in anti-depressant and works on norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, while Chantix binds to nicotinic receptors in the brain, preventing withdrawal symptoms.
Costs: Zyban - $45 for a three-month supply while Chantix costs $449 for a supply of 53 tablets (no generic version available yet)
Other Treatments offered
Lemonaid Health also provide consultations and prescriptions for:
Benefits of Lemonaid Health:
The telemedicine industry and online doctor’s offices and pharmacies like Lemonaid Health are still quite new. However, based on what we have seen so far, Lemonaid Health are living up to their aim of proving cost-effective method healthcare services to all Americans, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance. Since Lemonaid Health offer a refund on the doctor consultation if they are unable to provide a prescription, we recommend giving them a chance. After all, the only thing it could cost you is a few minutes.