Apr 10, 2019 05:25PM
● By Stephanie Wilson
If you’re among the millions of Americans such as myself without health insurance, you know the struggle that comes with something as simple as a rash on your chin, like the one I had last month. A stubborn rash that stemmed from using hydrocortisone cream on my face to clear up an allergic reaction to MAC makeup. I’ve had the same malady before; it’s a form of mild periorial dermatitis, and it takes a mild antibiotic to knock it out. But without health insurance, getting that antibiotic was a daunting task that would have involved finding a dermatologist, calling for an appointment, going to the office, shelling out a minimum of $150, filling out the paperwork, and all that jazz, just to get my hands on a tube of meds.
And then I discovered Maven. It’s an online health care clinic for women, by women, covering a range of services, helping with everything from UTI treatment to nutrition counseling to mental health issues. A video chat with a nurse practioner? $18. You can make an appointment or book on demand and be “seen” within minutes. There’s no subscription fee, no upfront or hidden costs, just good, basic access to BASIC healthcare. It’s basic, and it’s basically awesome. Check it out. Even if you have insurance, there’s a good chance you can be seen online more conveniently and for less money than your typical doc visit co-pay.