I’m a big fan of new online medical services like First Derm.
Instead of trying to schedule a doctors appointment when you have a skin problem, you just snap a photo with your iPhone and pay a flat rate for same-day feedback from a dermatologist. It costs about the same amount as the co-pay for a doctors visit in the US. So it’s a no-brainer to do this instead.
As a bonus, their system is anonymous. This is an especially desirable feature for the millions of people every year who are worried about potential STDs — but who may be too embarrassed to immediately seek conventional medical attention from legacy doctors. These kinds of systems are also good for the millions of people who live in backwater places like Serbia or the United States where the average wait time to see a doctor can often exceed the outbreak times of transient skin infections.
Hopefully the FDA doesn’t attempt to regulate these sorts of companies out of existence.