In a Nutshell
- No hidden fees
- Doesn’t require health insurance
- Cuts out middlemen to save you up to 60%
- Must be paid for out of pocket
Sesame at a Glance
How Can I Get Treatment: In-person or via a video consultation
Urgent Care Fee: Starts at $30
Accepted Insurance: N/A
Medications Prescribed: Anything other than narcotics or other designated controlled substances
Hours of Operation: Dependent on provider’s availability
Follow up Consultations: Not included, must be paid for separately
How Does Sesame Work?
Sesame’s system is simple and intuitive to navigate. The company offers both the ability to book a same-day appointment as needed or to subscribe to their monthly membership. Either way, you have the flexibility to book appointments whenever you need them, both online and off.
The first step is to select which kind of care you're looking for, from dental to urgent care to pediatrics and more. The system will match you with available medical practitioners in your area and give you the option to book an appointment either via video or in-person.
Take a look at each doctor’s profile and find the one who’s the best fit for you, then you can go ahead and book your appointment. The fee is charged upfront, but Sesame will provide users with a full refund on canceled appointments if they are canceled 24 hours prior to the appointment time.
After you have scheduled an appointment you will be sent an email with a link to your video appointment. If you don’t have a camera, the healthcare provider’s phone number is included in the email, so you can simply get in touch and make alternative arrangements, such as making a phone appointment.
The healthcare provider will ensure you get the prescription you need and refer you to a specialist if needed.
Sesame offers competitive pricing for its services. Their membership, which can help you save 10-25% on appointment costs, is $7 a month, but users can get the first month free with code TRYSESAME. If you opt out of getting a membership, the appointments will range in cost from $25 to up to $300, depending on the length of the appointment and the type of care. You can save 15% on your first visit with code SESAME15.
What Does Sesame Treat?
Sesame provides treatments and diagnoses for the following disorders:
- ADD / ADHD evaluation
- Annual physical exam
- Back pain
- Contact lenses
- DOT physical
- Eye exam
- Physical therapy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sinus infection
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep consultation
- Sports physical
- Teeth cleaning
- Vaginal discharge
- Weight loss
- COVID-19 testing
- UTI/Yeast infections
- Prescription refill
- And more
Sesame’s doctors will also provide you with a prescription if any medication is necessary, although the doctors cannot prescribe any controlled substances, such as narcotics. They also offer prescription refill appointments in which the doctor will review the medication you’re currently on and refill the prescription if necessary. The doctor will then send the prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
Patients will also have access to the wide range of specialists on Sesame’s team, which include specialists such as:
- Physical therapist
- Primary care physician
- Sleep specialist
Additionally, Sesame provides imaging services including MRIs, CT scans, pap smears and more.
How Much Does Sesame Cost?
Sesame’s prices vary widely as each doctor or medical provider sets their own individual price and appointment length. Prices vary from doctor to doctor and by location. They range from around $25 dollars for a 15-20 minute meeting to around $300 for a 60-minute meeting.
All the doctors available through Sesame are board-certified and must share their education history, licensure and confirm no disciplinary history before becoming a part of Sesame’s network. Additionally, each medical provider’s full profile is available for patients to view so you can ensure you get the best healthcare available.
By empowering doctors to charge their own prices, Sesame cuts out the middlemen, which means you can save you up to 60% on your care.
Below is a partial list of services offered and the average price for appointments*:
*prices may vary by practitioner or location.
Does Sesame Take Insurance?
Sesame does not accept insurance, as it was designed to provide healthcare for all, whether they are covered by insurance or not, and therefore fees are paid directly out of pocket. Sesame allows patients to get the care and treatment they need without insurance, and can fill in for those who do have it in the areas where their plan is lacking, though if your insurance has a HAS (health savings account) or FSA(flexible spending account) it can be used to cover the cost of a visit.
Sesame doesn’t replace health insurance for those who have it, but serves as a complementary service for those times when you just want to avoid high deductibles or your coverage, well, just doesn’t cover it.
What Do People Say About Sesame?
“I’ve used Sesame twice this year and both doctors were great! Overall an amazing site for people with or without insurance!”
Britney, New York, NY
“Excellent experience with Sesame and I paid less than my co-pays. I avoided months of ongoing pain and appeals that my insurance would have made me endure.”
Melissa, Houston, TX
“Thanks to Sesame, I finally got a knee MRI that was denied 3 times by my insurance. Now I can get treatment without worrying about further damage.”
Kristine, Kansas City, MO
Does Sesame prescribe medicine?
Yes, Sesame’s doctors are licensed and can prescribe most medications, excluding narcotics and other controlled substances.
Can Sesame give me a doctor's note?
As with most services provided by Sesame, it depends on the individual medical practitioner.
Do I need a subscription for Sesame?
No, you don’t need a subscription and there are no hidden fees, just one upfront payment per appointment.
What hours does Sesame have appointments available?
Sesame’s hours depend on the medical practitioner. Each doctor will set their own hours and the scheduling feature allows you to pick a time that works for you.
Overall Sesame is achieving its goal of making excellent healthcare available to Americans regardless of their insurance coverage. The autonomy you get from using Sesame is refreshing. The ability you are given to choose the practitioner who works best for you, whether it is because of specialty, price range, language or availability, makes Sesame convenient and efficient.