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What is Maple and how does it work?

Maple connects you with doctors and other healthcare providers online, via text, audio, or video.

You log in, request a visit, and within minutes you’ll be matched with a doctor (some specialists offer bookable appointments). 

These visits work just as they would if they were in-person: the doctor can examine you as needed, ask questions about your symptoms, go through your health history, and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. If they think your condition is more serious, they may tell you to go to a clinic for an in-person, hands-on examination.

Do I have to pay to use Maple?

Yes, there is a fee for every visit on Maple, unless you have a video visit in B.C. Prices vary by time of day and specialty. You can visit our Pricing page for more details.

We also have partnerships with some employers and benefits providers for reduced pricing; check your coverage to see if this applies to you. Some of our services may be covered by your insurance or HSA.

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards, as well as Google and Apple Pay.

Who are the doctors and healthcare providers?

Maple doctors are hand-selected, qualified doctors and healthcare providers from across Canada. They are the same providers you could see in person.

Our network of healthcare providers includes family doctors, ER doctors, specialists, naturopaths, lactations consultants, and dermatologists with their own practices who believe in the power of telemedicine. Many doctors are also licensed to practice in multiple provinces, so you may see a doctor in Manitoba even if you live in Quebec. That’s the magic of online medicine!

Is telemedicine a recognized practice in Canada?

It sure is. Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare and other health-related services using interactive text, audio, and video technology. This means doctors can treat patients without being in the same place as them.

Every province supports telemedicine as a practice, even though it isn’t always covered under universal healthcare, and the demand for connecting with doctors online is quickly growing here in Canada and abroad.

Do I see the same doctor every time?

Our matching system is based on availability, so it’s highly unlikely that you’ll see the same doctor every time. That being said, some of our specialists do offer continuity of care through bookable appointments.

Can I get a prescription?

Absolutely! Maple doctors are able to prescribe almost any medication, excluding controlled substances (although some specialists can prescribe controlled substances in some cases).

Once a doctor has written your prescription, you will be given the option to download it or to have it faxed to the pharmacy of your choice. Or, if you’d like, we can even send it to you directly. Be aware, though, that this could take a couple of days.

Can I get a doctor’s note?

Definitely. Our doctors are happy to write you a digital sick note for work or school if necessary, and it will be written on their letterhead.

Can I get lab work or a referral?

While we’re unable to make referrals at this time, we do offer lab work, including blood tests, X-rays, and ultrasounds. Your doctor can create a requisition that you’ll be able to download and take to any lab or medical imaging centre.

Once your results come in, you’ll be notified. If follow up is required, we’ll let you know and you can request another online doctor visit or take the results to your regular GP.

When should I use Maple?

Maple offers incredible, safe, and quick access to Canadian doctors 24/7. Use Maple for any health concerns you’d take to a walk-in clinic, such as a cold, stomach issues, a UTI, strep throat, and more.

Our online doctors can treat a whole variety of illnesses. If they determine that they’re unable to help you, based on the information you submit before your visit, they’ll reject your request and you won’t be charged.

We also offer online dermatology, psychiatry, pediatrics, diabetes education, naturopathy, and a variety of other specialties. If you’re sick of waiting to see a dermatologist, or don’t have a dietician nearby, Maple offers convenient access to the care you need when you need it.

When should I not use Maple?

You should not use Maple in the case of a medical emergency. If you are in need of urgent, life-saving care you should call 911. There are a number of cases where our doctors might not be able to help online. Learn more.

Is my information private?

Yes, your personal and health information is completely private. We take confidentiality very seriously. When you use our services, your session is protected by a comprehensive security infrastructure and stringent data policies. You also retain complete control of your personal health information at all times. 

Check out our Privacy Policy for a more in-depth description of data privacy at Maple.

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