More Doctors Want to Treat Patients From the Comfort of Their Couch

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Most doctors have a license to practice medicine in just one state. Lindsey Mcilvena can practice in 26.

 

“I’ve lost track a little bit,’’ she said of all her medical licenses.

Mcilvena is a telemedicine doctor, one of a growing number of physicians who prefer to treat patients remotely, from the comfort of their own homes — perhaps even while still in their pajamas. They connect with patients by video chat, or through new apps where patients can use their smartphone to talk to a doctor about a cold or a prescription.

For Mcilvena, 35, it began as a side gig. She was fresh out of medical school, running her own one-woman practice in Encinitas, California. She started to take telemedicine appointments to help pay the bills as she expanded her brick-and-mortar practice. She liked it so much that in 2015 she made the leap to practicing remotely full…

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