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Text-a-Doctor App Gets Big Venture Capital Boost

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a good friend who was a doctor and didn’t mind telling you (for free) whether a set of symptoms warranted an office visit? A rising text-a-doctor app called First Opinion aims to make that friend available to users globally. The app is raising some skeptical eyebrows in medical circles, but it’s also raising considerable funding from the venture capital community. The app is designed to address a global problem: many doctor visits are unnecessary. “People don’t know if they need a doctor or not,” says McKay Thomas, First Opinion’s CEO. “We want to be the first place you go.” Users sign up for the free app using only a first name and an email address and are matched with a doctor on First Opinion’s team. The doctor tries to respond to the user within minutes through the app’s messaging system. If the user’s regular virtual doc isn’t available...

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