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A new app called Urgent Medical Access (UMA) seeks to make it easier for patients to find doctors and pay them directly. Initially the app is focusing on specialists who get a lot of urgent requests or out-of-pocket payments:

The app and website currently only allow a search for an initial consultation. Doctors who sign up to join the app set their own prices, and UMA receives 10% of every completed patient transaction. There is no cost or fee for physicians to join. [App creator Pedram] Hendizadeh says physicians like the idea of the app because it eliminates insurers entirely and they are paid upfront for their services.

With the increase in high-deductible health plans more and more consumer activity is happening outside of the insurance industry, apps like UMA may be a way to bridge that gap.

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