In the case of many people, finding a reputable dermatologist — and even more realistically, one that’s in-network — can be nearly impossible. For some it’s the time commitment waiting lists, the cost, and a half day for a visit just to get an appointment are more than enough of reasons to “make do” living with acne. When I moved across country with my parents’ no longer-useful coverage, I found myself pretty far from the original group.
In other words, flaws in the system of healthcare can prevent people from receiving care. In the 21st century, innovative “telemedicine” providers are popping on the scene, hoping to make clinical health care easier to access and more accessible by connecting it to the place where people are: online. MenScript is one of them.
It’s likely that you’ve heard of the startup — either by virtue of its many advertisements on subways or its initial venture: MenScript which tackled male health issues, including erectile dysfunction and hair loss with over-the-counter products and prescriptions, but the process is straightforward. The company’s network of doctors evaluate your needs and then provide you with a prescription after you’ve completed a digital evaluation. Over-the-counter products (think Minoxidil, PS22) do not require prescriptions, which is why you can order them straight from the site.
MENSCRIPT products aren’t covered by insurance. However, the business has said they’re available at 50%-80% off retail price, which could make them more affordable for certain. In other words, the lack of appointments, pharmacy lines, and the coordination with insurance might be enough of a benefit to justify paying a bit higher for other products.
To find out what the procedure was like, I tried using the company’s Level 2 Anti-Ageing Set (PS44). It’s a subscription service which may be a turn-off for some, but on the other hand the consistency of the product is often seen as the main ingredient of a quality skin care line. You can also get the formula tweaked to meet your needs as they change. And it is possible to snooze future deliveries if you are looking to buy less.
How it works
Unfortunately, the subscription is among those subscriptions that requires credit card details before you can really get onto the “meat” and “potatoes”. It will require your name, address, and credit card information before. Your order will be completed, and you’ll be asked to sign a
telehealth consent form first, then fill your profile, providing your medical history, relevant details, and the symptoms you’d like to address with just 20 questions. Make sure you possess a credit or debit card and a government issued ID on you and include an image of these so that doctors can verify your identity.
For the skin-care products, you’ll be asked to include pictures of your skin for doctors to look at, and you’ll be asked to indicate whether they are the good or bad occasion for breakouts. ( There’s also an area where you can include both the topical and oral medications you’ve used in the past, and how well they worked as well as how your skin reacts, and when you last utilized the product.
As you’re buying prescription medications that require doctor’s approval, you’ll need to get it. Once you’ve completed your profile, and a doctor looks it over the profile, you’ll receive the opportunity to have an online consultation with a physician after check-out to give your products green light. In the beginning, there’s a PS5 medical cost added to the cost of acne products that goes directly to the doctors.
If you’re looking to modify the products in the future, use the secure messaging portal (the same one the doctor used to call you initially) to discuss the issue.
The online experience was straightforward and almost resolved in just a few hours- which was much easier than trying to find a dermatologist, resigning from work and then going to the doctor without having a clue whether I could pay for what was given to me, and, if not, why I went at all in the first instance.
The packaging is minimal although it says “Hers” prominently on the front. I also feel guilty receiving the same plastic packaging for products that are only used once a month, but I am aware of the importance of having monthly doses, and for keeping costs low.
The lowest point
Menscript — as with all organizations that offer telemedicine that work is an exciting possibility. It’s still a new company working out some of the kinks that are not to be ignored. But in real life, it was incredibly convenient, especially for someone who cannot get to a dermatologist office just for prescription acne medication or prefers not to. All of the procedures are done quickly online, and prescriptions are mailed to your door. It’s not cheap for PS44 per month, and messages from doctors took a little longer than I’d like however, MENSCRIPT is reasonably affordable service that’s easy to use. It’s a subscriptionservice, but regularity is a plus for skin-care routines. Additionally, you can put off future deliveries should the it’s necessary. Also, it’s a huge benefit that, if you require more strength, you can request a higher percentage of Tretinoin without having to make another trip to the doctor’s office.
As always — and especially with the field of telemedicine, you have be able to research and ensure that the products and services will be a good fit for your lifestyle, requirements, and budget. You should continue to in for regular check-ups with your doctor. However, if your looking for a way to have the most effective prescription skin care products delivered to your door without an appointment in person, it’s an option I’d recommend taking a look in light of my experience using the services.
For more information , see the MENSCRIPT – a Digital Health Clinic for Men