Primary Care is convenient care through a full suite of primary care services, including preventive care with wellness screenings and routine care for everyday health needs and ongoing conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, thyroid conditions, and asthma.
Primary Care gives you access to board-certified doctors via phone or video from almost anywhere with fast, flexible appointments that fit into your busy schedule. Convenient evening and weekend appointments are available.
Because not all plans include primary care benefits, the easiest way to determine if MDLIVE Primary Care is included in your plan is to create a secure MDLIVE account. You can view your copay upfront, so there are no surprise costs.*
- *If you have a non-zero preventive benefit, MDLIVE wellness screenings will not cost $0 and will follow your preventive benefit.
A Wellness Screening is a once-per-year preventive care appointment designed to identify potential health issues, examine your lifestyle and health goals, develop a personalized wellness plan, and recommend follow-up care if necessary.
Routine Care is ongoing, regular appointments with a dedicated PCP who can help you manage your health and chronic conditions through lab work, diagnostics, self-reporting, and specialist referrals.
Along with follow-up appointments, Sophie, the MDLIVE chatbot, will support you with ongoing help and education on your condition and guide your progress with self-reported biometrics, including blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose levels.
It's recommended that you have a wellness screening appointment before scheduling routine care.
Yes. You can choose a dedicated primary care doctor and see that same doctor for each appointment, just like in-office visits. You also have the option to change your doctor at any time.
MDLIVE Primary Care offers a convenient, effective way to supplement your existing PCP with fast, reliable care, so it's easier to stay on top of your health from the comfort of home. Upon request, your MDLIVE doctor can share notes and wellness screening results with your existing PCP so nothing is missed.
MDLIVE has a vast, nationwide network of board-certified, licensed doctors in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. You can pick a doctor from the list of providers closest to you when you schedule your appointment.
Yes. Prescriptions can be written, if necessary, as determined by your doctor. Find out what we can and cannot prescribe here.
If your MDLIVE doctor assigns you a health tracking program for blood pressure, weight, or blood glucose, you'll self-report or journal your biometrics using the secure health tracking tool. The MDLIVE chatbot, Sophie, checks in with you through text or inbox notifications with personalized questions and patient education. Sophie will also send you appointment reminders and prompt you with an 'out-of-range' alert to follow up with your MDLIVE PCP if you have a biometric that is too high or too low.
Your MDLIVE Primary Care doctor can provide specialist referrals, if needed, to providers within your network and easily collaborate with other doctors, labs, and diagnostic services for follow-up care. Staying within the MDLIVE platform and in-network can also reduce your costs.
You complete your lab visit for your wellness screening before you see your PCP. Having your lab visit beforehand makes your appointment and time with your MDLIVE doctor more effective and focused on your needs. You can expect your doctor to review your lab results and the online health risk assessment you completed during your wellness screening. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or follow-up with routine care or specialists if needed.
Routine care appointments are similar to ongoing in-person PCP visits but conducted from the comfort of home. Your MDLIVE doctor may order labs as needed to review the success of your treatment plan. Your doctor will also ensure you're maintaining your health goals and taking medication as prescribed.
Once MDLIVE receives your lab work, you will receive a text message informing you that the labs have been received. You will be able to review your lab results in your Lab Folder found in the MDLIVE patient portal and prepare any questions for discussion with your doctor.
No. Currently, Wellness Screenings and Routine Care visits are only available for adults 18 years and older.
Primary Care appointments are available to suit your schedule with flexible scheduling options for evenings and weekends.
No. Primary Care should not be used for type 1 diabetes, routine care, severe cases of type 2 diabetes, severe cases of high blood pressure, symptomatic heart disease (heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and end-organ disease), erectile dysfunction, HIV (PrEP), psychiatric conditions requiring intensive management, ADHD, or FMLA/requests to fill out paperwork.
MDLIVE offers reliable 24/7 health care by phone or video. Our national network of board-certified doctors, pediatricians, dermatologists, psychiatrists, and therapists provides personalized care for hundreds of medical and mental health needs. MDLIVE is dedicated to helping you get better and stay well. No surprise costs. No hassle.
Have an appointment from the comfort, privacy, and convenience of home or wherever you are, whenever you need care – nights, after hours, weekends, and holidays. MDLIVE offers urgent care, primary care, mental health appointments with licensed therapists and board-certified psychiatrists, as well as dermatology services, and more. All MDLIVE doctors are board-certified and state-licensed, with an average of 15 years of experience, and are available by phone or video. Specially trained in telehealth, our network of providers is committed to helping you with reliable, trusted care without the hassle of long wait times to see a doctor or driving to an in-office appointment. You'll receive reliable, trusted care from the safety of home without having to wait with strangers in a waiting room. MDLIVE has two National Committee for Quality Assurance certifications and is accredited by the American Telemedicine Association. Best of all, nine out of 10 people would recommend MDLIVE to their friends and family in need of a doctor's appointment.
No. Urgent Care, Primary Care, Mental Health, and Dermatology are designed to handle non-emergency medical and mental health conditions.
Urgent Care can often substitute for a doctor's office, urgent care clinic, or emergency room visit for common conditions like the flu or pink eye.
Primary Care provides care for non-urgent medical concerns and ongoing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. Primary Care is for adults 18 years and older.
Mental Health provides care for hundreds of non-emergency concerns like anxiety, life changes, divorce, and depression. However, if you are experiencing an emergency or crisis situation, need ADHD stimulant medication, or any condition that hinders normal day-to-day activities, we suggest visiting an urgent care center or emergency department.
Dermatology provides care for non-emergency hair, skin, and nail conditions. While most issues can be successfully treated through MDLIVE, your dermatologist may determine that an in-office diagnostic or procedure is needed for a more accurate diagnosis or to best address the condition.
You should not use MDLIVE if you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency. In the case of a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency, dial 911 immediately.
Urgent Care is a reliable and affordable alternative to urgent care clinics for more than 80 common, non-emergency conditions like flu, sinus infections, pink eye, ear pain, and UTIs (Females, 18+).
Primary Care can help with wellness screenings and ongoing conditions such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure.
MDLIVE therapists and psychiatrists can help with anxiety, stress, depression, and other mental health conditions resulting from relationships, home, work, or other life events.
Dermatology provides care for nagging skin, hair, and nail issues such as acne, alopecia, eczema, fungal infections, and suspicious spots or moles.
Click here to see the full list of conditions we care for.
If you are seeking medical care for illness or injuries, you can choose to see the first available doctor or make an appointment for a specific date and time with a provider you select using the doctor profile information available on MDLIVE. MDLIVE board-certified doctors have an average of 15 years of experience.
Schedule Primary Care visits with a board-certified doctor for preventive wellness screenings and routine care. You can see the same MDLIVE doctor for each appointment so your doctor can get to know you and your health and wellness needs.
All Mental Health appointments, including talk therapy, are scheduled in advance with a therapist or psychiatrist you select. You can choose the same provider for every appointment or switch at any time.
You can start using MDLIVE immediately after you create your free account. If you are required to pay for your appointment, you will only be asked for your credit card information when you get care from a doctor or therapist. Be sure to fill out your medical history profile to better prepare your MDLIVE doctor or therapist for your appointment.
Urgent Care doctors are available 24/7/365, including weekends and holidays, to provide on-demand care for illnesses and injuries. Appointments scheduled with specific providers, including talk therapy and primary care appointments, are subject to the provider's availability. To provide convenient options that fit your schedule, evening and weekend appointment times are typically available for all services.
MDLIVE is available anywhere in the United States* and Puerto Rico. With our national network of board-certified doctors, you can ensure that each doctor available to you is fully licensed to practice medicine in your state.
*Availability of phone visits varies in accordance with state regulations
Creating an account is free. If you have MDLIVE services from your health plan or employer, your appointments could cost as little as $0, depending on your benefits. If you are required to pay, you will only be charged after you schedule an appointment and your appointment time and payment information are confirmed. You can cancel your appointment and receive a full refund, provided you cancel at least 24 hours before your appointment time. MDLIVE accepts most major credit and debit cards.
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Yes, if your MDLIVE doctor believes medication is warranted, they can write a prescription and send it directly to the pharmacy of your choice. MDLIVE does not guarantee a prescription will be written; that is at the discretion of your doctor. Please be aware that we do not prescribe controlled substances (e.g., narcotic medications, anxiolytics, stimulants), nor do we prescribe certain other medications (see full list here).
Yes. Confidentiality is a respected part of the MDLIVE Code of Ethics. We take your privacy very seriously. Laws, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule, are also in place to protect your privacy and personal health information. MDLIVE can share your information with your PCP in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
To have a video appointment, you need:
- Windows®7, Vista, or XP
- A Mac running OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or superior.
- Highspeed internet connection
- A webcam with at least 1.3 megapixels
- Microphone (most webcams already have a microphone built-in)
After you create an account, you will be able to use a simple online simulation to test your configuration and check if you are ready for a video appointment.
Yes. Deaf and hard-of-hearing patients can communicate with a doctor using our secure, HIPAA-compliant live chat feature on our website. Patients can communicate with their doctor in an environment that works much like texting. To activate this feature, select "hearing-impaired" and any other categories that apply to you from the Accommodations menu, and complete the online registration process. The feature is automatically available each time you log in by clicking the icon located at the bottom right-hand side of the screen. At present, live chat is only available on the MDLIVE website and not on the MDLIVE app.
Like all medications, antibiotics have both benefits and risks. Used for the right reason, they are lifesavers, but if used incorrectly, they can cause a variety of problems, from allergic reactions to side effects. Additionally, inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to "antibiotic resistance," which means the antibiotics might not work for you when you really need them! Read more below to become an expert on this subject:
- When to use antibiotics: Your MDLIVE provider has many years of education and experience they use to help decide if your problem requires an antibiotic. If they think you have a BACTERIAL infection, then they will likely prescribe an antibiotic, but if they think you have a VIRAL infection, they will avoid giving you an antibiotic since it will not help and may actually cause some harm. In an otherwise healthy individual, most upper respiratory infections (e.g., sinusitis, ear infections) start as a VIRAL illness and only occasionally develop into BACTERIAL infections after 1-2 weeks.
- Can MDLIVE help with VIRAL Infections? Absolutely! When you present with symptoms for under a week, your physician will assess your full story and may treat you with decongestants and various anti-inflammatories but will avoid giving you an antibiotic in this viral phase since it does not help and may cause problems. However, if you have more severe symptoms, then your physician will use their best judgment in deciding if you have developed an early bacterial infection, and thus antibiotics would help.
- Overuse of antibiotics may make them less effective in the future. "Antibiotic resistance" means that antibiotics are becoming less effective overall in the United States as we have overused them for many years. Additionally, no new types of antibiotics have been developed within the last ten years, so we have to be careful with what we have! In other words, not using an antibiotic today may mean that you (and others) may respond better to antibiotics when you really need them in the future.
- Antibiotics can sometimes do more harm than good. Antibiotic side effects may include gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, vaginal yeast infections, and decreased effectiveness of oral birth control. Even worse, you may develop an allergic reaction that can range from a mild rash to severe life-threatening breathing difficulties and anaphylactic shock. Finally, an increasingly common risk is developing a severe form of diarrhea (called C. Dificile) which occurs when the "good bacteria" in your gut are killed off by an antibiotic, allowing these "bad bacteria" to grow.
- A doctor often spends more time with patients when they do NOT need an antibiotic. The decision about whether to use an antibiotic is not taken lightly. When your physician decides to NOT use an antibiotic, that often means they have taken more time to consider the best option for you. Your physician has considered the risks and benefits of treatment and asked the appropriate questions to arrive at the best course of action. Further, there is increasing evidence in the medical community that it is a good idea to take a "wait and see" attitude towards antibiotic usage due to increasing resistance and side effects, especially in children. Conditions such as ear infections, sore throat, sinus infection, and cough can often be managed with a variety of other medications instead.
While some providers speak different languages, MDLIVE is currently only available in English and Spanish.
If you have a medical or mental health emergency, call 911.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a life-threatening condition or acute or severe symptoms.