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Coronavirus

Telemedicine gains ground as coronavirus stretches hospitals

US and China expand health insurance to cover virtual care

China's Ping An Good Doctor app has more than 300 million users, thanks to cheap rates and quick service.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As the coronavirus outbreak overwhelms hospitals across the world, online medical services have become a valuable tool for connecting patients and doctors without placing further strain on the system.

"You've been prescribed 30 days of medication for dyslipidemia, how are you feeling?" a pharmacist at a Tokyo drugstore asked in March. The patient, a man in his 40s, was not across the counter but rather on the other side of an iPad screen.

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