I have written a lot about different medical expert platforms, such as Just Answer, as a platform for physicians to make some money. It’s great because you aren’t using your medical license to diagnose anyone. You aren’t writing prescriptions or managing disease, you are simply a medical expert.
As a medical expert you are offering expert advice. There are mechanics and lawyers on there as well, doing the same. As long as you don’t enter a patient-doctor relationship, you can serve as a medical expert for anonymous individuals.
In this post I’ll discuss my $5,277 income which I earned as a medical expert in just 22 days of work.
Medical Expert Platforms
You can pick up questions as a medical expert either from your phone app or from web browser. I prefer the laptop since I have a solid workflow which helps me maximize my income as a medical expert.
There are customers for all sorts of medical expert advice. Some want to get a second opinion on a treatment plan. Others have a picture they want to share with a doctor and ask their opinion about. Everything is anonymous so you don’t know the names or other identifying information of the clients.
The most interesting thing about such sites is that customers post questions from different countries. It’s fascinating to see how diseases are managed in other countries and what medications are used.
$5,277 of Income As a Medical Expert
During this time I replied to several hundred questions.
Most of the time I just click a button and I have my own tricks to not waste any time on a customer which may not convert to a paying customer.
I probably only went back and forth with 300 clients. Which might seem like a lot but the questions are often quite straightforward.
The rest of the customer inquiries require some information gathering on my part and a few more questions from the client. Once they are happy, they rate me, and I get paid.
There are many questions which include a picture. I click on them and I answer a particular question, such as, “is this cancer?” or “Is this herpes?”. Remember, you’re not trying to give anyone a diagnosis. As a medical expert you are trying to help them figure out what to do next and offer them advice to empower them in order to have a better conversation with their own clinician.
On average I have spent 1 hour and 15 minutes per day answering questions, such as I have done since the beginning of this month, September 1st.
The longest I have spent answering questions in one day has been 2 hours.
I am very efficient because I pick the right questions and I use a voice dictation method in order to reply to customers. This saves me a lot of time and it means I can handle a higher volume of questions.
To give you an idea, as I’m working on this post I’m switching back and forth and I have already made $100 while writing this post. I have picked up another 8 questions to which I have only replied but haven’t gotten a reply back yet from the customer.
Most such companie want you to maintain a high customer satisfaction rating and they are pretty serious about that. In order to achieve this number you will need to pass on a few questions and partake in a few other tricks.
Most of your ratings will be 5-star and quite a few 4-stars. The 1-stars are usually customers who had problems with the site or had higher expectations.
Working from Anywhere
With these medical expert websites I’m allowed to work from my laptop anywhere in the world.
All I need is an internet connection. I usually have to look up a few things in order to provide the best answers to the customers. Drugs.com and uptodate.com are more than adequate for this.
Imagine living in a place like Spain where cost of living is low and earning your money in the US. It’s a great way of stretching the value of your income.
A Side Income
This is a great way to earn a side income while utilizing your medical expertise as a medical expert. You don’t risk your medical license because all customer interactions are anonymous. You don’t prescribe any medication and don’t build a patient-doctor relationship.
The key with such platforms is developing an efficient flow so that you can move through questions quickly.
If you have an idle 1-hour slot in the day then you can log on, answer some questions and wait for customer replies. Because it’s asynchronous, you can get back to the customer later in the day or even the next day.
However, ideally you would offer the right answer the first time so that the customer doesn’t have any more questions which is possible 80% of the time.
Physician vs. Medical Expert
A medical expert doesn’t care which individual or entity is on the receiving end of the information. The medical expert shares their expertise in the field.
The physician enters a unique patient doctor relationship and comes up with a diagnosis and treatment for a particular individual – their advice is rarely applicable to everyone.