Virtual health care is a great idea that just won’t totally work for most people

July 12, 2016

I think of myself as a healthy person. Most days, I feel okay: No aches and pains, and I’m pretty happy. I exercise and eat a lot of veggies. I’m young. I’m fine. It’s relatively easy for me to ignore my health. But, it had been years since my last checkup, so I decided to make a few doctor’s appointments.

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The Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA), owned and operated by the University of Miami, is the only federally licensed organ bank for six counties in south Florida.

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The Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA), owned and operated by the University of Miami, is the only federally licensed organ bank for six counties in south Florida.

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KORU Medical | October 05, 2022

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