the dehumanization of the medical industry is quickly moving towards its logical end, as an increasing proportion of unscheduled pediatric care is pushed out of the medical center and onto the web-o-sphere.
the idea is that for boring things, like sore throats and ear infections, the the hours spent (my estimate) going to and from the office, waiting twice (once to get into a room, once to actually see a doc), and actually talking with a doc for about 5 minutes are mostly time and energy wasted.
so, why not set up a video chat with the doc instead? for simple things, you save a lot of time and hassle and exposure to a waiting room full of sick people. if it turns out to be something more complicated, you'll have to go in to talk to somebody. but, for basic things, they can issue their decrees (and prescriptions) with the minimum hassle for everyone involved.