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Cottage Health launches a Virtual Care Platform to community

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Cottage Health hospitals' non-emergency care services will continue to be covered by Anthem Blue Cross health insurance.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Cottage Health is connecting patients with Cottage providers through a new online service launched Wednesday morning.

Cottage CareNow connects patients with Cottage providers who can offer online diagnosis and treatment for common medical conditions, including colds, flu, skin rash and more.

Users can access Cottage CareNow 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Patients can use it on their smartphones, tablets and computer.

Officials say no insurance plan is required to access the service.

The fee is $29 for an online interview or $39 for a video face-to-face visit, payable by credit, debit or health savings card.

Anyone in California who is over 18 can create an account, dependents can be included.

Visits for children under 18 must be completed by a parent.

Cottage Health officials say that the service is easy to use.

After patients enter their symptoms and health information, they get to choose a provider to review their results and respond with a treatment plan within an hour or request an immediate face-to-face visit.

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Julia Nguyen

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