Websites that answer health questions from the public include WebMD Answers and MedHelp. Readers can type in their medical or health-related questions and expect answers from licensed doctors.
Established in 1996, New York City-based WebMD is a publicly traded company that provides health news and advice. As of February 2014, WebMD and its associated websites average about 156 million visits monthly and more than 3 billion page views each quarter. The site has become the United States' number one health portal. The Ask A Doctor section of the website lets readers chat with a doctor who is on standby.
San Francisco, California-based MedHelp is a privately-held company that pioneered online consumer health information and communities beginning in 1994. Through its partnerships with hospital doctors and medical research organizations, MedHelp hosts various online discussion boards on health care topics such as diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, mental health and general health. The Get Answers Now section of its website lets readers talk to doctors and read articles and blogs about their medical questions.