Akira, the Ontario ‘Doctor in your Pocket’ iOS App, Now Supports Apple Pay


Akira, the app which lets users in Ontario (for now) access real-time video and voice chats with doctors from their iPhone, now supports Apple Pay for payments.

The app, which launched last May, allows for secure voice and video chats with board-certified doctors, who can diagnose common problems and write prescriptions, plus order lab tests or specialist referrals.

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Pricing for Akira has increased since its launch, which saw prices of $9.99 per month for access. The service is not funded by OHIP.

Current pricing is as follows:

  • $49 + HST – One-time use, which includes 48 hours of unlimited access for followup questions
  • $12.50/month ($75 total) – 6 month unlimited use individual membership, which includes unlimited texting and video calls with our clinical team
  • $25/month ($150 total) – 6 month unlimited use family membership, which includes unlimited texting and video calls with our clinical team for 2 partners + unlimited children

Akira says its purpose is to “handle issues that might traditionally involve a visit to a walk-in clinic. But it’s also perfect for a wide variety of questions where you’d prefer the advice of a trusted medical professional instead of Dr. Google.”

So far, the app has garnered relatively positive reviews in iTunes, averaging 4 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews. Users seem appreciative of the app, which allows for quick access to doctors without excruciating wait times at germ-infested clinics.

Click here to download Akira for iOS in the App Store. So far, it’s only available to users in Ontario.


  • Chrome262

    so, expensive, but i get the onetime fee, who would pay the monthly? I mean if you have issues where its becomes and option, wouldn’t it jut be better to actually go to a doctor. I do like the aspect of avoiding catching a cold when going to the clinic. now if only OHIP would cover this

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    I hope OHIP looks into covering type of service – it would probably save money in the long run. Additionally, less people would need to be exposed to diseases at clinics which would save even more money in treating those problems.

  • Nick

    For those in BC, use an app called Medeo. It’s free and does the same thing. Covered by your care card.

  • Natedog

    Is anyone aware of any options for Alberta?

  • Jimbo

    Can they prescribe medical Marijuana? My GP will not give me a prescription.