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Doctors Nova Scotia wary of new telehealth service in the province

Telehealth company Maple says it instantly connects users with doctors for online medical care from a phone, tablet or computer --consultations can cost between $49 and $99
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A new telehealth service has arrived in Nova Scotia - but using it comes at a price. 

Doctors Nova Scotia is concerned about the quality and cost of the online healthcare company.

Telehealth company Maple says it instantly connects users with doctors for online medical care from a phone, tablet or computer. It says visits can include diagnosis, sick notes and prescriptions.

Consultations can cost between $49 and $99 depending on the day and time. 

President of Doctors Nova Scotia Dr. Manoj Vohra says he takes issue with charging people for healthcare, saying the majority of the population can't afford to pay for faster access. 

"I think that if you need to see a doctor or need a consultation that you should have the same groundlines as anyone who needs it," said Vohra. "To me, it basically suggests a two-tier system, and it's not one that I think we would support."

He says telemedicine can be valuable but it needs to be part of a system that everyone can access, and adds he hopes people continue to see the value in in-person visits with a doctor. 




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