A brand new app let’s people summon a medical doctor directly to their house. The app, “Pager” is gaining momentum and charges the user a $300 fee for the visit. The creator of the app, Oscar Salazar, learned the app business as an engineer for the popular Uber app.
The app was initially tested in Manhattan and is now hoping to expand to Boston. With Boston having a higher than normal wait to see a doctor, the Pager app has room to grow.
Using the app is as simple as pie. You open the app, press a button and the nearest physicians that are available appear. You make your choice and within a few minutes your doctor gives you a ring. Insurance is not accepted so if you can’t afford the $300 house call you can settle for the $50 phone consultation.
Following suit with other high brow apps, Pager is currently only available for the iPhone.
This isn’t the first time entrepreneurs have tried to cash in by using technology to service patients directly. Dr. On Demand uses a Skype style app to connect with patients.
Tele-medicine as it’s known, has raised eyebrows in congress and several Senators are looking into expanding federal programs that take advantage of it.