SAN FRANCISCO, Cali. – Dec. 1, 2015 – Lemonaid Health (Lemonaid.com), the simpler and faster way to get healthcare online, is expanding. Lemonaid offers quick low cost prescription treatment for just $15 anytime without the hassle of appointments, waiting rooms or awkward video-conferences. Its low price is making the service accessible to both patients with health insurance or among the 29 million who remain without it (CDC 2015). Patients are able to consult with a doctor online and receive a prescription usually within minutes.
Lemonaid has already helped hundreds of patients across California and Pennsylvania get easy access to birth control and treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI), sinus infections, acid reflux (GERD), hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and the flu and is about to launch services in Michigan and New York.
“Our mission at Lemonaid is to provide great, safe healthcare that people can afford while also saving time and hassle. We’re so excited that soon we’ll be helping patients in Michigan and New York too.” says Co-CEO Paul Johnson, noting that each year over one third of young adults aged 18-24 don’t see a doctor at all (Census Bureau 2012). Even though more Americans than ever have health insurance, actually finding a doctor quickly is still difficult. Those seeking primary care with Medicaid will have to wait a median of two weeks to be seen (HHS 2013) and things aren’t much more convenient for the privately insured.
Unlike other telehealth options which have high prices, virtual waiting rooms, and video conferences, Lemonaid users can quickly complete simple health questions anywhere on a smart phone or computer, get a prescription for their medicine sent to any pharmacy, and then text their doctor with any questions. “Our users love that they can talk to a doctor as easily as they would text a friend,” notes Dr. Jason Hwang, Chief Medical Officer.
The team behind Icebreaker Health, which created and runs Lemonaid, includes Paul Johnson and Ian Van Every who bring experience from building up the largest European telehealth provider from the UK. They moved to the United States and joined forces with Jason Hwang MD, an expert in healthcare innovation from Harvard, to launch this next generation of telehealth. Icebreaker received series A financing in August, 2014.
Early reviews of the new services are overwhelmingly positive for both iOS and Android, and the new website is making it even simpler for users to take control of their health, get the treatment they need and get back to their lives.