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.
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.