updated 11/29/2010 9:15:59 AM ET 2010-11-29T14:15:59

TORONTO and NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a recent survey conducted by AskTheDoctor.com with 5000 of their American users, the number of people with health insurance coverage was only 3 out of every 10.

So what does this survey tell us? Well, we know that 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance. This means the only place they can go to seek medical advice is on the internet. The problem is that so many sites exist with so much information that it is hard for users to know where to begin to get to the bottom of their problem.

In 2008, Canada based physician Dr. Suneel Sharman, saw this problem approaching fast and along with entrepreneur Prakash Chand developed the question and answer service AskTheDoctor.com. The philosophy behind the website was to keep it very simple and straightforward for visitors. AskTheDoctor.com did just that by creating a simple to use one page form that lets users ask real questions to real doctors. The service is completely free and all doctors are funded by advertisers of the website.

"I've had MS for ten years. And my kind is like progressive. So I just get worse. I really can't do anything. I don't leave my house. You know, it's hard for me to get out. There's steps in the back. My kids, they're young and they really help me. But it's hard for them. Since I don't have that much money, I have to forego lots of preventative treatments. The only direct advice I can seem to get is from the doctors at AskTheDoctor.com. I don't know what I would do without them," says Jennifer Rodenham, an avid AskTheDoctor.com user.

Millions of Americans like Jennifer Rodenham have no alternatives and are turning to services like AskTheDoctor.com for any help they can get.

More info on AskTheDoctor.com:

AskTheDoctor.com is an online source of free medical advice to anyone, anywhere, in the world. Users submit their medical questions that will be specific to their situation, free of cost via a simple-to-use submission form located on the website. When a question is answered, visitors are notified by email, and the response is posted on the website that day. No identifying personal data is shared, thus questions and answers remain anonymous. Depending on the nature of the question, answers may be provided by general practitioners or specialist.

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