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Coronavirus: Surge in patients choosing to see docs via telemedicine

Coronavirus fears prompt more to avoid clinics and opt for virtual consultations

Some patients are opting for virtual consultations to avoid coming into close contact with other people at a physical clinic. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: ST FILE
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As concerns over the new coronavirus grow, more people are choosing to dial a doctor from the safety of their own homes.

The Straits Times spoke to four of the nine licensed telemedicine providers here, and all of them said they had seen a significant jump in business in recent weeks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline Coronavirus: Surge in patients choosing to see docs via telemedicine. Subscribe