Choosing between hospitals can be a daunting task. Its particularly difficult to pick a hospital when there are so many of them offering similar services. Delhi based startup medeel.com, launched in February 2013, one of the new entrants to the frugal medical startup scene in India, is trying to fix the problem.
The startup, founded by Mohit Bahri & Sanjeev Vatta, helps you decide where to get healthcare from in a cost effective way. After reviewing your medical records the service gives you customised packages from various participating hospitals. One can compare the offered prices and services to make a better choice.
Initially the company plans to finish its pilot run in the Delhi NCR region and then move on to covering major metros and selective class 1 towns in other regions, said Bahri, Co-Founder, Medeel.com.
They have tied up with the leading hospitals in India like Apollo, Max and others. This service does not cater only to Indian patients but also International patients. They will also be adding international hospitals in to their list in the future.
In Delhi NCR, the company covers 8 hospitals and is about to close partnership with more than hospitals in Delhi NCR, says Bahri.
In order to avail the service, all a patient has to do is start an account with the website and upload their medical reports. Once this is done the website reviews the uploaded documents and then gives the patient customised packages taking into consideration their medical needs and financial position.
This option comes in very handy for patients with financial constraints, as the service helps you make cost-effective decision. The website also solves the problem of having to visit various hospitals individually to get the treatment plans.
Bahri says that the site provides services to only those patients who have any hospitalization needs at present. “But work is already underway to expand in new services in healthcare for patients,” he added.
The service acts as a good platform for comparison of treatment plans and cost among various participating hospitals.
Hospitals who wish to participate with medeel.com can signup with them.
With India being a popular & cost effective destination for medical treatments, services like this can benefit patients seeking treatment in India. The service is currently in its Pilot phase and it will be some time before we know about its efficiency.
Medical records are considered particularly sacred in countries like the United States so International patients might have reservations in sharing it online. Indian laws also mandate that personal information must be shared only after signing an exclusive consent between the data provider and data acquirer.