SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeing a doctor is about to get a whole lot easier for the 3.3 million residents of San Diego. Heal, the app for on-demand doctor house calls, announced today the expansion of its coverage to its fifth market, San Diego.
According to a recent survey, 80 percent of Americans delay getting preventative healthcare, or forgo it altogether, citing work responsibility as the top reason. Heal also helps address the broken system where Americans rely on the Emergency Room (ER) for basic medical needs. In San Diego alone, average wait times are nearly 2 ½ hours, and can often end up being twice that. Heal provides ease and accessibility to quality medical care for more than 20 million people across California by eliminating the friction associated with traditional doctor office visits. A visit with a Heal doctor is available for a fixed fee of $99 or an in-network co-pay that can range from $20 - $30 with some services, such as an annual physical, having no out-of-pocket costs. Heal is in-network with Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California and Cigna, under select insurance plans.
"Going to the doctor has become more of a hassle than a necessity for many, as long wait times, work obligations and busy lifestyles trump people's willingness to seek out needed healthcare," said Dr. Renee Dua, co-founder, Heal. "Heal intimately understands this reality, and was designed to make quality healthcare easy for everyone to access, and delivered at a convenient time and place for the consumer."
More than just an urgent-care-on-wheels or a triage hotline, Heal is a true partner in wellness for the entire family by making healthy happen at home or at the office. Heal users can schedule an appointment for a child or an adult of any age on-demand or in advance. Its intuitive, device-agnostic app allows consumers to book a doctor in under a minute. A qualified licensed physician will then come directly to the user, wherever they are, fully equipped and enabled to treat more than just the issue at hand. Heal provides total transparency, allowing the patient to know upfront what the visit will cost before the doctor arrives.
"Average wait times at hospital emergency rooms across San Diego county are soaring as more people go to the ER for non-critical medical treatment," said Dr. Andrew Eads, Heal Doctor. "Additionally, the price tag for these unwarranted visits is significantly more expensive than a regular doctor visit. Heal offers an practical solution for this massive problem by creating access to qualified doctors at night and on weekends."
On-demand healthcare is surging in popularity as people continually seek out immediate services that move away from the current factory style clinics and doctor offices. In under a minute, San Diego residents can request a doctor and receive high-quality medical or preventative care in the comfort of their own home or in their office, on-demand.
At the click of a button, licensed physicians are available seven days a week any time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., for anything a patient might require during a traditional office visit. In addition to servicing San Diego, the healthcare pioneer also helps patients in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Heal plans to expand to an additional 10-15 major metro markets this year.
The pioneer in on-demand primary health services, Heal provides patients with affordable access to world-class physicians in the comfort of their home or office. Heal connects patients with fully vetted and licensed pediatricians and family practice doctors who arrive in under two hours and can see any member of the family for only $99 or an in-network co-pay. Visit www.getheal.com or download the app from the iTunes App Store and Google Play store.
JCUTLER media group