Greatcall Urgent Care #ad #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

This is a sponsored post and giveaway, but as always, our writer’s opinions are her own.

When my first child was born, over 15 years ago, I frequently referred to this big encyclopedic book about children’s stages and development. I didn’t really look at all that, but I was constantly looking at the pictures of the rashes and reading about the symptoms. When exactly does an illness warrant a medical visit and when is it okay to treat at home or wait it out?

UrgentCareMainMenu_iphoneI know no one uses books anymore. Now we have Dr. Internet to totally freak us out with pictures and worst-case scenarios. We can check out a wiki or even find a message board where people can give advice. But anyone can post online. People who are on the chat board might not have your exact symptoms. It can be more dangerous than helpful (besides — it makes all of us hypochondriacs!).

Greatcall has a free Urgent Care App that is available for apple or android. It was easy to download and is easy to use. Some of the features include:

  • Have one-touch access to a live nurse for advice 24/7, who can escalate the call to a board-certified physician if needed
  • Get health-related assessments, general health information, diagnosis or even a prescription
  • Have access to an easy-to-understand medical dictionary
  • Research your symptoms with the medical symptom checker tool.

As women, I know we discuss a lot of things with each other, but sometimes there are things that worry us that we don’t discuss. Sometimes we are even embarrassed to talk to our doctors about them. The symptom checker, or even a call to a nurse, could help you know if you need to seek further treatment, or if you can stop worrying.

UrgentCareBodySearch_iphoneIt’s sad, but in addition to time, sometimes we delay a visit to the doctor because of cost. The Urgent Care app is also cost-effective. The app itself is free, giving you access to search your symptoms, and each call to a nurse is only $3.99. Even if you have good insurance, your office visit co-pay is going to be at least 3 or 4 times that amount.

You might use this tool when you don’t have time to go to the doctor. There’s nothing like changing your schedule to get to the doctor’s office and finding that there’s nothing the doctor can do. There are also times when you have other kids at home or asleep, and getting to an urgent care facility isn’t convenient. Of course, you’ll go if you need to, but if someone can help you over the phone, isn’t that more convenient?

You can download the app for both Iphone and Androids.

Enter to win

In order to encourage you to give the Greatcall Urgent Care app a try, they are giving away a $25 itunes gift card.

To enter, simply fill out the giveaway tools form below.

 



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Christina Marie October 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This app could help me by having a nurse on the ready nearby when I’m sick. Thanks for the giveaway!

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2 Jessie C. October 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

This app can ease my mind at the moment while waiting for doctor’s care.

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3 DEBIJOT October 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

This app would put my mind at ease, knowing help if available when I need it.

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4 Jessica To October 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This would help me when I’m not sure what our symptoms mean.

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5 Elena October 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I can use it before I go to the doctor when I want to know what my symptoms mean

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6 mrsshukra October 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’m always googling symptoms not only for myself but for other family members, this app will be very helpful!

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7 Claudia October 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm

this app will help me to find out what are the symptoms mean. Thank you!

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8 Kelly D October 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I could use this app when my kids are sick after the doctor’s regular hours.

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9 elaine October 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

it would be great to use for my son before we go to the doctor.

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10 Janet F October 14, 2013 at 12:30 am

This app can help me when I need to know about general health information and when I am unable to make a Drs. appointment I can find out about symptoms.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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11 Terra Heck October 14, 2013 at 2:27 am

I have six kids and this would be great to help more information on symptoms they have when they are ill and possibly be armed with more knowledge before taking them to the doctor. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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12 Barbara Platt October 14, 2013 at 4:06 am

it would help with answers fast when there’s an ER and I am nervous and can’t think

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13 Janet W. October 14, 2013 at 5:37 am

This could help us because we’re constantly looking up symptoms that my grandsons are displaying to see what it means.

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14 Katherine October 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

The 3.99 phone call instead of the 80 dollar office visit

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15 Cheryl F. October 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

This app could help me because I often look for health information online.

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16 Jessica T October 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

I love having access to current and legitimate info at my fingertips!

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17 Kerrie Mayans October 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This app would let me speak to a nurse when I am not sure about taking my kids in or waiting it out and it is very affordable to do so.

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18 shelly October 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I’d help me talk to a live nurse if I need advice on whether to bring my child in to the dr. or not.

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19 Vickie Couturier October 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

with 11 grandkids an 2 more on the way this would be really helpful to know this is on my phone

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20 Renee Walters October 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

I can use it when I want to know what my symptoms mean.

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21 Eileen Richter October 15, 2013 at 4:11 am

Hubby dragging germs home, two kids in school and a ton of sports, and a day care my daughter runs here. I am also chronically ill so med calls in for sports injuries, suspected strep and who knows what. We could use this app! Just had my 16 year old in today. Wasted trip,…hmm…another ‘virus”

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22 Janet October 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

It would help to be able to look up what symptoms mean and also have a nurse answer questions I have.

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23 Brittany October 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

This would help me know whether to go to er or if I can wait until office hours on the weekends. Thanks for the giveaway.

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24 Adrienne Gordon October 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

use it to diagnose more common ailments

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25 Margaret Smith October 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Many times with my kids, they will either get a rash, fever, or ache and it never fails to be during the weekends or nights. This would really help when I’m in doubt what to do and I’m concerned.

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26 Ellie W October 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

The app would be great for my family of asthmatics and people with allergies.

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27 april yedinak October 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm

It would help me decide if my family member’s illness needed further treatment.

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28 Laurie October 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Using the symptom checker would be so helpful for me.

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29 Shannon Baas October 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

gives me an idea what might be the problem.

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30 Victoria Robinson October 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I have had tons of medical training, but there are still many things that I have encountered with my kids such as rashes that I had no idea what to do about. This would surely make my life a little easier to look up symptoms and even have alive nurse to ask questions to, so awesome!

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31 LMK October 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Our insurance skyrocketed last year and until each person meets his/her deductible NOTHING is covered. I’m, therefore, often reluctant to take the kids to the doctor unless I’m certain something can be done for them. How nice it would be to have a nurse who isn’t routinely going to say “we can’t do anything until the doctor looks at them.” $3.99 per call? I’ll take it!

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32 Barbara Montag October 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

It would sure help when one of us is sick and it’s after hours for the doctor.
Thank you.

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33 Tracy Robertson October 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Luckily my health care provider at this time provides a 24 hour call in nurse where you can ask questions. But I also think this app is great! sometimes you just don’t feel like talking to an actual person (especially when you aren’t feeling well) so this would be perfect for such times!

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34 Kayla October 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

This would definitely help me throughout my everyday life because having chronic Lyme is no cake walk! There are so many different signs, symptoms, and overall craziness going on so having a resource to look up things and try to deal with them on our own leaving actually going into the doctor as a last option would be ideal to save us time, energy, and money!

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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35 Cynthia C October 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

The app would help me know whether or not I should make an appointment to see my doctor.

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36 melissa Resnick October 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

would love this, looking up drug interactions ect, very helpful

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37 Jeni Mitchell October 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I live alone and so in my case I don’t have anyone present to double check with to see if my current situation is worth going now to see a dr., or if it is something that could wait til morning. This app would help me assess whatever it is I might be facing and if necessary, call a nurse and discuss it with them. Technology really has come a long way. I love that we have options such as this app available to us.

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38 lauren knott October 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

This app would be great to help give info whenever I needed it.

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39 Tammy S October 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

This app would come in handy when there is something wrong with one of the kids and I am not sure what it might be and if a trip to the doctor is needed.

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40 LaVonne October 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm

With two kids, I don’t always know if I need to bring them in. A call to a nurse would be helpful.

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41 Emily October 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Wow what a great app! Very useful.

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42 Sarah October 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

It would be a handy way to look up everyday health questions that pop into my head. :)

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43 Kathleen October 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

when i am not sure if a trip to the dr is needed

kport207 at gmail dot com

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44 Tamar October 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

It will help me understand more about ailments at the palm of my hand.

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45 Ronni October 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

How would this app help me??? FREE medical advise is ALWAYS helpful :)

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46 Kyl Neusch October 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

use it before I go to the doctor

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47 Amber October 18, 2013 at 4:20 am

This app would be great because I think it could save me a few trips to the doctor and help me get peace of mind when my kids are ill.

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48 Catherine October 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

I like that I can research the symptoms with the medical symptom checker tool. Very helpful

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49 Cynthia R October 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

this app is helpful to find a doctor, hard to find one accepting patients, would help me look up symptoms too.

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50 Angela Kinder October 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

We have been to the ER a whopping 5 times this year for what turned out to be minor problems. It would definitely keep us from freaking out when something minor happens.

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51 susan wiener October 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

we can use the app for symptoms too. Our health is poor and this would really help. thx

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52 Crystal F October 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I’m always worried that there is something going on with my girls. This would help give me peace of mind until I can get them into a dr for a check out. Thank you!

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53 Tara October 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

The app would help with searching to see if your symptoms warrant a call to the doctor or possibly just something mild.

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54 wendy wallach October 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm

it could keep me from getting sicker when i am not sure if i am sick enough to go to the doctor

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55 Vickie Schlicher October 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

It would help me understand better without going to the doctor for just an ache and pain

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56 Steve Stone October 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

can use it before I go to the doctor when I want to know what my symptoms mean

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57 Tabathia B October 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

It would help me understand my kids symptoms instead of waiting until next morning to call the doctor

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58 brandy g. October 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

It would help me to know what my symptoms mean

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59 Donna Pyszk October 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

i will be able to get health information for this winter season .

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60 Kathy stevenson October 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I would love having the 24/7 advice from a live nurse!

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61 Suzanne K October 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

I could use this app right now to figure out if I’m dealing with allergies, brochitis or walking pneumonia

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62 Stephen October 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I could use it for my parents!

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63 Thomas lockhart October 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

could help me not get sick

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64 Jeanette Ardiente October 20, 2013 at 4:09 am

This app is great. I have wanted a consulting nurse available, but my children’s doctor doesn’t have one. I could use this app instead.

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65 Nicole Lancaster October 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

The app would be useful to me because I can contact a nurse to see if myself or my family’s symptoms need an urgent care or doctor’s office visit. And I can get questions answered fast instead of waiting forever until my doctor can get a hold of me.

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66 Stephanie Larison October 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

It would be helpful to see what the problem could be.

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67 Monique Rizzo October 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

It would be very helpful for information.

Thanks for the chance.

mogrill12@gmail.com

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68 Kathleen RG October 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Would be perfect for first-time parents

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69 Myrna Kasick October 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

It could save me a trip to the doctors.

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70 Lasonda October 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

It would be good to have a nurse to contact for medical questions.

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71 rich morris October 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

the symptom checker looks like it would be handy to narrow down the illness

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72 Rosanne October 21, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I have dizzy and fainting spells and am home alone a lot so it would help to know I can call someone

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73 Beth Klocinski October 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The symptom checker my help me determine if I should go to Urgent Care or not

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74 Shirley Hicks October 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm

this would help when the grandkids are sick

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75 Miranda Ward October 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm

It would help me know wether or not a trip to the er is needed

freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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76 Jacob LaFountaine October 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I don’t like doctors. So it makes it easier to get checked out

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77 joni October 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

With a sick elderly mother, the live nurse advice would be used quite frequently.

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78 richelle bowers October 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

this app would take a little of the stress away about if you should take your kids to the doctor or not

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79 Heather B October 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I think this app could help when it comes to deciding whether something is severe enough to go to urgent care or if it something that can wait for a regular appointment

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80 Wendy R October 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

it would help if i ever have a medical question!

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81 Heather K October 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Quick access to nurse 24/7

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82 Robin October 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

It help me diagnose my condition when I’m sick.

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83 Sunnymay October 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Getting advice in just one touch of a button would be great. Then I wouldn’t have to scroll through contact list to find the right person to ask my questions. Advice from a nurse may direct your attention to the right place to go for crucial help with both long term and short term (acute) problems. It’s almost like concierge service for healthcare.

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84 Brynn October 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

This would be awesome for those times I cant afford a copay for every little ailment.

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85 Shannon October 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I’m always debating if I should go or not…talking to a nurse would be a great help!

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86 Daniel M October 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

help find out what the symptoms mean

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87 Brenda Elsner October 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

This will help save money by not visiting the doctor all the time.

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88 Angela W October 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

This would help me when I’m not sure what our symptoms mean.

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89 Jill Myrick October 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

This app would be a big help for us cost wise.
It would be nice to be able to look up symptoms and get an opinion on what my be going on rather than having to go to the doctor so much to find out that it is not anything serious.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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90 Michelle H October 25, 2013 at 2:15 am

I’d use it for a second opinion before taking my son to the doctor.

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91 Kim H October 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

I would use it to look up proper dosages

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92 Jill October 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

This would help us when we got sick on weekends!

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93 Linda G. October 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

This would help to look up symptons

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94 tina reynolds October 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

I would love having a qualified second opinion especially on the weekend or in the evenings

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95 Caryn S October 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

That it’s $3.99 to speak to a nurse instead of paying a co-pay and dragging my kids to the doctor

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96 Melinda Stephens October 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I don’t own a car, so this would be great for those times when I don’t have anybody around whose car I can borrow to go to the dr.

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97 Rebecca Peters October 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

It would help me look up symptoms

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98 harold October 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

It would help me get health information that I need quickly.

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99 Paula Tavernie October 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

It would help us when we have to wait for a Drs appointment!

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100 david cosgrove October 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

this would help me by helping me to diagnose myself and possibly saving a trip to the doctors

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101 Rebecca Lock October 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

This would be great because we have no urgent care options around. It has to be serious for us to visit the ER. We have 3 teen aged boys and try to be able to take care of medical situations at home. This would be an additional tool in providing medical advice at home.

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102 Sherry Eckman October 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

It would help to narrow down what was wrong..I like the symptom checker!

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103 Jenny October 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

this is a great thing to have just to gain a little bit of extra knowledge

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104 Kenny Gardner October 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This App would be extremely useful and helpful! Especially with kids running around.

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105 Jackee October 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

It would help give us quick answers.

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106 Jill L October 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

It would have saved me the frustration of going to an urgent care center, being checked in and having to pay just to be told that we had to go to the ER. I could used this app and saved time and money.

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107 amy deeter October 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

it would let me know what symptoms could be

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108 Melissa Nagy October 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm

If my kids were still little, I probably would have used this app at least once every winter.

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109 Nessa October 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

This app would be a great help in determining if a trip to the doctor is really necessary. It could save wasted trips as well as money!

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110 Michele C October 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Have one-touch access to a live nurse

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111 CharityS October 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

The medical dictionary could really come in handy.

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112 Nancy October 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I could use it for the general health information. The things you want or need to know but are not worthy of a doctor visit.

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113 rose paden October 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

This app could really help me get advice before having to go pay for an expensive doctors visit or waiting for them to call us back with information!

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114 Michelle Tucker October 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm

It costs lots of money for us to go to the doctor, so when we have something wrong that a nurse could take care of, then it’d be very cost effective.

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115 Jennifer sorenson October 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

With 3 kids, free medical advice at the palm of my hand is always a plus!

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116 Brittney House October 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

The symptom checker would be so helpful for me.

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117 Storm, the Psychotic Housewife October 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I like that it gives me 24/7 access to a nurse.

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118 Buddy Garrett October 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

It would help me determine whether or not I need to seek medical care or not. Paying for my own medical care because I don’t have insurance is costly.

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119 Tara October 25, 2013 at 10:48 pm

The medical dictionary would be helpful.

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120 Geoff K October 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

This app would help me give advice to my admittedly hypochondriac friend, who’s always calling describing her son’s symptoms and asking for a diagnosis!

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121 Sky Kory October 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

This would help me search for my symptoms.

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122 Matt Cavallaro October 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

It would be easy to look up my symptoms when I’m sick.

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123 meme October 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

This would be great for me because I’m a caregiver and it would let me know when I need to call a doctor

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124 Sand October 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

It would help to know if a doctor’s visit is necessary.

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125 Tara C October 26, 2013 at 1:11 am

It would give me an idea of whether or not to be concerned about symptoms my children are displaying.

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126 Ernest Saindon October 26, 2013 at 1:12 am

This app would give us great peace of mind.

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127 Trisha McKee October 26, 2013 at 1:25 am

This app is great because i have kids and any parent always worries about their kids. Knowing there is help and I’m saving time and money- that is great.

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128 krystal wethington October 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

It would help me when i need to get health information.

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129 Sarah L October 26, 2013 at 3:38 am

First I’d have to get a smart phone. Could be useful for those who have them.
Thanks for the contest.

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130 azalea October 26, 2013 at 3:54 am

It could save me time and money from having to go to the doctor!

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131 Sallee Crummel Glickler October 26, 2013 at 4:33 am

I’ve worked as a pharmacy tech, and now as an analyst at an insurance company, so I am pretty well versed with a LOT of medical terms, symptoms, and diagnosis’. That said, I still like to consult various sites to check myself or my family (since there really isn’t a lot that can be done for some things, so there is no reason to pay a visit to the doctors). This would made it a bit more convenient. And if worse comes to worse, there is always Teledoc!

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132 tiffini lance October 26, 2013 at 5:03 am

with 2 under 2 i always have questions about what is going on with their health

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133 tracey byram October 26, 2013 at 6:57 am

This app would save me time, money and stress.

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134 melina r October 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

This app would help me because kids don’t get sick during normal office hours. I can get to talk to a nurse anytime of day.

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135 Douglas Houston October 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

This app would be great to see if a doctor’s visit would be warranted

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136 kathy pease October 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

This would be great for me I am always having changing symptoms week to week they are different.I contracted Lyme Disease a few years back and I dont think the antibiotics got rid of it

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137 melikegarfield October 26, 2013 at 8:11 am

Two people in the family often have issues and I see this as a great resource for helping figuring out their issues or finding someone who can help

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138 Barbara S October 26, 2013 at 8:19 am

Have one-touch access to a live nurse for advice 24/7, who can escalate the call to a board-certified physician if needed This could come in handy

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139 Jennifer J October 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

This would really help when my little girl is sick, but I’m not sure if i should keep her home or take her to the doctor.

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140 Joy Q October 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

It can help to figure out if I should spend the extra money to go to a doctor

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141 Daniel Vice October 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

This could help with kid illnesses

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