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Date:9/23/2013

ave doubled over the past 10 years. Emergency room visits cost over 1,000x more than regular physician office visits. In addition, according to the NHAMCS, only 16% of emergency room visits require acute care.

Since lab results are foremost to diagnosing symptoms and providing treatment, many emergency room visits for non-life-threatening medical problems could be avoided by providing consumers with the opportunity to undergo laboratory testing, ask medical questions of an online doctor, and/or allow her to diagnose symptoms virtually. OnlineUSADoctors.com, one of the leaders in the virtual doctor market, offers phone or video conferences for either routine or emergency medical care for a small fee 7 days a week from 4AM to 8PM PST, with after-hour available. During the consultation, virtual doctors may order laboratory tests, prescribe medication or make a referral to a local doctor for follow-up care.

According to BCC Research, the global virtual medicine market is projected to increase to $27.3 billion in 2016, up from $11.6 billion in 2011. Virtual medicine, or telemedicine, has become especially important in light of the changes facing the medical health industry. Obamacare, a nickname for the new socialized national health insurance plan which has been passed by Congress, will create a massive demand for medical services without providing for the personnel and resources necessary to meet that demand. Fewer medical doctors are graduating from medical school than ever before, creating an even larger absence of qualified medical personnel. Finally, the population of the U.S. will double by 2050, causing an exponential growth in government-insured consumers seeking services. For these reasons, telemedi
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