New COVID telehealth service now offers free consultations to some in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Telehealth has improved the accessibility of health care throughout the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A telehealth service specifically for COVID-19 called Dr. B was just made available in Nebraska.
Cyrus Massoumi, CEO and founder of Dr. B, says the goal was to offer efficient and affordable health care for people across the nation.
“I think it’s the biggest problem of our generation that we don’t have access for everyone in this country for health care,” Massoumi said.
Medical centers in the area offer similar services.
CHI Health, Bryan Health and Nebraska Medicine have 24/7 telehealth aid that can be used for multiple care needs.
Kenneth McCartney from CHI Health says its telehealth service went from providing less than 2% of outpatient behavioral services to 82% within the first three weeks of the pandemic.
This increase in demand led to new services like Dr. B being created.
“COVID has shined a light on the fact that it’s not easy for people to get access to doctors in short order,” Massoumi said.
Dr. B also has free consultations for those who qualify economically.
“We’re the first telehealth service that’s actually offering to treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and I think that’s what I’m most proud about,” Massoumi said.
For those that don’t qualify, the consultations are only $15. Massoumi says one of his goals was to allow everyone an affordable option.
Dr. B is also the only telehealth service that will prescribe Paxlovid or Molnupiravir.
The two antiviral medications are used for patients who are at high risk to decrease the chances of hospitalization or death by up to 89%.
The prescriptions are not covered by Dr. B.
“For people that are high-risk, for people who have not been vaccinated or whose vaccines are not up to date, getting access to these antivirals could be the difference between life and death,” Massoumi said. “Being able to provide all of the citizens of Nebraska with the ability to get access to a potentially life-saving medication has been the goal of this effort.”
Click below for links to each telehealth website: