Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law that lifts the restrictions of telemedicine in the Lonestar state, giving citizens the chance to be diagnosed by doctors via video chat.

Texas ranking 45th in the nation in the number of physicians per population. In 35 counties, with a combined population of about 115,000 people, they have no access to a doctor at all.

About 1.8 million Texans live in a county with no obstetrician-gynecologist.

Called Healthtap, this new virtual service went live in Texas on June 1. It can be purchased through a subscription for $99 per month for unlimited consultation, but it is not covered by insurance. It also offers a one-time chat starting at $49 that the company said can be covered, depending on the doctor.

This option for Texans will be a complete game changer. Not only does lifting these restrictions allow for greater freedom when it comes to their healthcare, but it has the potential to save time, money, and even lives.

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