UNC Health Care, one of the Triangle’s major medical networks, is waiving the $49 fee on its online urgent care service during Hurricane Florence.
The Chapel Hill organization said Thursday that it will provide free online health care consultations from 12 a.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
The online service was launched this year as a foray into telemedicine, which is touted by some as the future of health care; it offers basic medical consultations for non-emergency issues such as coughs, fevers, rashes, nausea, bug bites, pink eye, sore throat and the like.
UNC Urgent Care 24/7 is offered through a national provider, MDLIVE. Physicians can provide a diagnosis and a prescription over a live video connection. The doctor does not prescribe opioids or other controlled substances, and may refer the caller to physical urgent care clinic or hospital if the medical problem is serious.
Using UNC Urgent Care 24/7 requires registering at uncurgentcare247.com or downloading an app. To use the free service patients can use a special offer code UNCFLORENCE2018 from the app or website.