The 7 Best Apps to Talk to a Doctor Online

Sort out your symptoms without ever leaving the house

When you're sick or concerned about a health issue, it might not be practical or simple to visit a doctor face-to-face, however at times like these, it's definitely still important to talk to a doctor. Fortunately, there are several apps out there that make it possible to chat to a doctor about health issues, with some options out there to talk to a doctor online free. 

We've researched the best apps for when you need to talk to a doctor for free, or as part of a wider reaching paid service. For many complaints, an online doctor chat can often put your mind at rest, without the need to worry about exposing yourself or others to potential illnesses. Such services make it possible to even manage prescriptions or arrange blood work, all without having to leave your home. 

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Best for Affordability: Amwell

Amwell Medical App
What We Like
  • Affordable prices.

  • Covers mental health as well as physical.

  • On-demand appointments available.

What We Don't Like
  • No autocorrect on app.

  • Sometimes long queues.

Amwell prides itself on being well priced, and it certainly seems that way with urgent care appointments costing $69 or less with online therapy priced at $95 or less. There are even options for nutrition counselling visits along with breastfeeding support too. The app offers on-demand appointments along with next day arrangements so it's easy to fit into your busy lifestyle, plus it's super simple to use.

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Best for lengthy appointments: Teladoc

Screenshots from the Teledoc service.
What We Like
  • Clean and simple app.

  • No time limits for appointments.

  • Near instant appointments.

What We Don't Like
  • Not everyone can use Teladoc.

  • No mental health coverage.

Teladoc is a little limited in that you need to be provided with it via your employer or health insurance, so you can't just pay for a one-off consultation. However, it's a great service for those who can use it, with a doctor becoming available within minutes and willing to listen for as long as you need. iOS users also get Apple HealthKit integration so all your latest stats are sent to your doctor for them to look over. 

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Best for Mental Health: Doctor on Demand

Doctor on Demand medical app
What We Like
  • Free mental health assessment.

  • No need for insurance.

  • Doctor's notes can be provided.

What We Don't Like
  • Can get expensive.

  • Gets overloaded easily.

Doctor On Demand is a little buggy when its servers are overwhelmed, but it's very easy to use with the options to see a doctor immediately (with wait times listed) or to book an appointment. For mental health concerns, you can browse information on possible therapists to find one that's right for you. Details on lab orders and screenings are stored too, so you always know what's going on and when to arrange a follow-up.

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Best for Simplicity: MDLive

MDLive medical app
What We Like
  • Simple interface.

  • Appointments available within 15 minutes.

  • Quick turnaround.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't cater for as many conditions as some apps.

  • Minor technical issues.

Keeping its interface clean and simple, if occasionally buggy, MDLive is ideal for a wealth of common ailments, as well as mental health appointments. You can easily schedule an appointment within 15 minutes with any necessary prescriptions issued swiftly, too. Details such as follow-up blood work or tests are a little limited and so are details about the types of therapists available, but for straight forward checks, MDLive is appealing. 

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Best for Regular Users: SteadyMD

Screenshots from the SteadyMD app.
What We Like
  • Price plans for regular users.

  • All your info is stored together.

What We Don't Like
  • Not great for one-off appointments.

  • Interface is a little clunky.

If you regularly need to check in with a doctor for any reason then SteadyMD will appeal to you. Priced at $99 per month, it could work out cheaper than other services if you use it often. Take a quick quiz and you're paired up with the right online doctor for you, with prescriptions soon dished out if required. It's not the simplest of interfaces to use, but decent value if you want to avoid heading outside. 

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Best for Spanish Speakers: LiveHealth Online

LiveHealth Online medical app
What We Like
  • Simple to use interface.

  • Affordable prices.

  • Bilingual support.

What We Don't Like
  • No autocorrect support.

LiveHealth Online is a lot like Amwell because it's owned by the same company, but it provides a Spanish language experience for users between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.. It also promises you can speak to a therapist within 4 days or less. It's also a little cheaper, with medical visits working out to be $59 or less per trip. As a straight forward service, it covers everything you could need but there can be a long wait time during peak times.

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Best for Self Care Advice: HealthTap

HealthTap medical app
What We Like
  • Encourages good self care.

  • Extensive question and answer section.

  • Interactive treatment plans.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be buggy.

HealthTap offers more free features than most, allowing you to search over 2.6 million doctor-answered questions, before asking a question of your own. You can use an AI doctor to assess symptoms too, before pursuing a real-time conversation with a doctor. Interactive care guides keep you healthy by reminding you of when to take your meds or follow certain healthy habits. It's a well-rounded system, only let down a little by some technical mishaps.