UAB launches online medical portal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched an online medical site that will allow physicians to make medical recommendations and write prescriptions.

Director of Primary Care at UAB Dr. Stuart Cohen says the new site is meant to offer convenience for young, otherwise healthy people who develop common and non-urgent conditions like the flu, pink eye or a cold.

For a $25 service fee, patients can use the site to answer questions about their symptoms and a doctor will respond within an hour during business hours.

Cohen says he and other physicians will now begin seeing patients both in-person and online. The website is for people ages 18 and up who live in the Birmingham area.

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