Hot on the heels of our recent coverage of Medigo, the platform that helps patients find the best healthcare abroad, we’ve discovered another service that’s making medical tourism easier for those who want to get specialist or improved treatment outside of their own country. Based in Indonesia, Tab a Doctor is a community that enables patients to liaise with doctors and hospitals in neighboring countries, as well as arrange appointments.
Currently offering information about healthcare professionals in Singapore and Malaysia, the site lets users search for the treatment they need or the location they want to receive it. Tab a Doctor then connects them with verified clinics and doctors that patients can review. If they’re interested in learning more about each hospital, they can initiate an online chat with the relevant staff, who will give them an estimated cost, give them more information about the procedure or the location and even help them get a visa for travel. If they’re happy after liaising with a doctor, they can even book the appointment through the site.
According to Tech In Asia, the company is working on delivering video conferencing and mobile chats directly between doctor and patient. Given the clear need for medical tourism in many countries, is there a way for travel companies to make more of partnerships with reputable medical institutions to further facilitate comfortable trips for those seeking treatment abroad?