ZocDoc.com, Answers.WebMD.com and DoctorSpring.com are three online resources that offer free answers to medical questions. Individual health care providers or institutions are identified on these sites, although each site also stresses that an in-person consultation is best.
Doctors from well-known institutions, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Boston Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, answer questions posed to them on ZocDoc.com. A searchable database of past answers and links to schedule an appointment are available.
Similarly, doctors and other medical professionals respond to questions on Answers.WebMD.com. Each professional is identified by name, accompanied by a photo and brief biography explaining his area of expertise, experience and location. Trending topics are listed, and patients can follow a particular professional or topic.
Doctors from the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Australia and New Zealand answer questions on DoctorSpring.com. Submitted questions are assigned to a specialist, who typically responds in about two hours. As with Answers.WebMD.com, biographical information about the doctor answering the question is provided.