Walgreens virtual doctor visits: 5 things to know

The nation’s biggest pharmacy chains are locked in a battle to bring health care right to the palm of your hand via your digital device. Let’s take a look at the Walgreens telehealth offering…

Telemedicine is being embraced by more and more mainstream health care providers.

Recently, CVS announced it plans to offer $59 MinuteClinic Video Visits across the country by the end of 2018.

Walgreens, in the meantime, was first to market with a similar service that is already available in all but five states.

Here’s what you need to know about the virtual visits Walgreens offers through its partnership with telehealth provider MD Live.

Launch the Walgreens app, go to ‘Health Service’ and then select the ‘Find Care Now’ feature.

Your info will be auto-populated from the app, so all you have to do is select one of the board-certified doctors that pop up. There’s always someone available 24/7.

Next, you’ll choose the reason for your virtual visit and provide a brief medical history. Finally, you’ll select your preferred pharmacy should you need a prescription.

But it all starts with downloading the Walgreens app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

A virtual visit costs $59, which is the same price CVS charges for its competing virtual health care service.

You can be seen for a variety of minor illnesses, minor injuries and women’s services including, though not limited to: