The fallout from two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes has ensnared the manufacturer's most-loyal customer: Southwest Airlines. The carrier has canceled thousands of...Airlinesread more
The Fed is expected to cut rates Wednesday, but it is unlikely to tell markets what they want to hear on future rate cuts.Market Insiderread more
Stocks rose slightly on Tuesday, but gains were capped as the Federal Reserve kicked off a two-day monetary policy meeting.US Marketsread more
Pelosi said Trump should not have tried to address China's trade practices in a way that opened Americans up to financial pain.Politicsread more
Brent crude oil jumped the most in history in the previous session after attacks on Saudi's oil industry disrupted the kingdom's production.Marketsread more
In the survey, conducted after the third in the Democratic Party's series of debate, the former vice president draws 31% compared to 25% for the Massachusetts senator. At 14%,...2020 Electionsread more
The U.S. Air Force's top general says he has not yet received direction to send additional bombers to the Middle East after what is believed to be an Iranian attack on Saudi...Defenseread more
"I believe the path to 'health care for all' is a path following the lead of the Affordable Care Act," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Jim Cramer.Health and Scienceread more
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc.'s sales have been halted on two websites in China, just days after it launched in the world's biggest tobacco market.Biotech and Pharmaceuticalsread more
Investors might be wary that gasoline prices will continue to rise, and are looking to take back profits by selling off shares.Retailread more
The Trump administration move on California's auto emissions standards would likely set up a fight between the White House and the state.Politicsread more
If you need to see a doctor, you'd better plan ahead.
A 2017 survey found 24 days was the average wait time in 15 of the largest cities to schedule a physician appointment.The long waits are a result of a growing shortage of primary care physicians, along with an aging population requiring more health care.
But you can jump that line — if you're willing to go online for your medical visit. Major health care players like, UnitedHealth, Aetna and Kaiser Permanente, are increasingly using virtual care or telehealth for primary care appointments and follow-ups.
Another option is "virtual visit" via a smartphone app.
Among startups offering on-demand health care is 98point6, a Seattle-based app that connects you with a doctor through text messaging.
"We've attempted to solve the primary care crisis. By 2020, there will be a 20K physician shortage. That will rise to 30,000 by 2025," 98point6 CEO and co-founder Robbie Cape told CNBC's "On the Money" in a recent interview.
Cape explained that when you jump into their service, which costs $20 the first year for unlimited visits, patients immediately enter into conversation with artificial intelligence (AI).
"We actually have board-certified physicians that are behind all of the artificial intelligence that we're doing. We're using artificial intelligence not to replace the doctors, but to actually augment the doctors," Cape said.
In non-emergency situations, a "virtual visit" with a physician using text and video on a smartphone, tablet or computer can be faster and cheaper than an in-person doctor's appointment.
The average primary care visit costs $160, while the cost of a virtual visit is between $50 and $75. However, 98point6 offers unlimited virtual visits for the first year for $20, with the second year fee checking in at $120.
A recent Accenture poll found that 70 percent of consumers say they're interested in virtual healthcare. So far, however, only 20 percent have tried it.
So who does 98point6 consider as its target patient? "Absolutely everyone," Cape responded, when asked by CNBC.
"If you have health care, this is still a more economical way for you to see primary care because the cost for the first year is $20 which is as much as your co-pay, if you have insurance," Cape said. "For people who don't have any insurance, this is a phenomenal option and then for the people on HAS (Health Savings Accounts) who are on a high deductible plan, this is also great."
The platform launched on May 1st and is now available to patients in 11 states. California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington and New Jersey.
Currently all of 98point6's doctors are based in the Seattle headquarters, but he said each physician is licensed to practice medicine in all 11 states where they currently operate.
While he expects to be available in all 50 states by the end of the year, he said the company can be profitable now.
"We are capable of making money even at the rates we're charging today, because of how efficient we can make doctors with the AI," Cape said. "Our board-certified physicians can see large number of patients with all the assistance we give them with technology."
On the Money airs on CNBC Saturday at 5:30 am ET, or check listings for air times in local markets.