Circle Medical is a mobile-enabled, full service medical practice that will come to your home or work. Unlike doctor-on-demand services like Heal and Pager, Circle Medical wants to be your doctor at all times, not just in emergencies or last-minute situations. This means the service — which at the moment has only an iPhone app — provides things like annual checkups, flu shots, and blood tests, in addition to urgent care issues.
To achieve this, Circle Medical made sure it’s considered in-network for over 97 percent of patients in California who have private insurance. In other words, Circle Medical costs as much or less than a regular doctor’s visit.
Circle Medical doctors are full time employees, which are actually getting paid more than if they were working for a traditional practice.Another unique thing about Circle Medical is that all of its doctors are full time employees, which are actually getting paid more than if they were working for a traditional practice. The company manages to pull this off by cutting on overhead costs like physical space, staff, and other costs, passing on the savings to the patient and doctor.
As for the patient looking for his/her next primary doctor, the process starts by scheduling a free wellness exam, and by doing so, selecting the doctor, each of whom is presented with a profile page with background information. Also, from the app, users can scan their insurance cards to see potential copays in advance.
Right now, Circle Medical is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm anywhere in San Francisco. Expansion to other cities is likely in the pipeline, but we’ll have to wait for another few weeks to get that information.
The company is a Y Combinator graduate, founded by Brent LaRue, George Favvas, and Jean-Seabstien Boulanger.