Five-hospital MultiCare Health System has launched a virtual care service, enabling patients throughout the state to complete an online form detailing minor medical conditions and receive a treatment plan, if appropriate, from a clinician.

The cost is $25, which compares with a $40 fee for an existing electronic virtual teleconsultation service that the Tacoma, Wash.-based health system offers. The goal is to increase medical access for patients and give appropriate care at decreased costs, says Christi McCarren, senior vice president of retail health at MultiCare.

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