More health systems charge for online patient portal messages – Chicago Tribune

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Patients seeking help from their doctors through online portals may soon notice something new: fees for their doctors’ online advice.

A growing number of health systems in the Chicago area and across the country already charge for some types of messages sent through online patient portals, such as MyChart, with fees often around $35 or less. It’s a trend that has drawn mixed reactions, with some saying it seems only fair, while others see it as a cash grab.

Health system executives say most messages remain free, and they only charge for questions that require more than a few minutes of a doctor’s time and that in the past probably merited an in-person visit.

Read the full story from the Tribune’s Lisa Schenker.

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