On-demand doctor house call service Heal, which has delivered over 23,000 doctor house calls throughout California, is launching in the Washington D.C. area as the first major market in its national expansion strategy. Patients in most of D.C. and parts of Northern Virginia will now have instant access to an unhurried, highly-qualified doctor, in-home or at their office, at an affordable cost.
“The doctor’s office is dead. No longer is great medicine tied to bureaucracy or buildings. Quality care is available at your home, on-demand,” Nick Desai, CEO and co-founder of Heal, said in a statement. “With each new market, we’re closer to making affordable, high-quality healthcare a reality for all Americans.”
As Heal expands to the Washington, D.C. area, it welcomes Dr. Kari Scantlebury, MD/MPH, as its first east coast Medical Director. Dr. Scantlebury, who is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, practices at Inova Fairfax Hospital and has served victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 with EMEDEX International to care for victims in Port-au-Prince.
“What I love about Heal is it gives doctors the ability to slow down and reconnect with patients,” said Dr. Scantlebury. “More intimate relationships between patients and doctors yield better healthcare, more rewarding time in the field, and superior communication that’s not possible in an office or hospital environment.”
Heal doctors typically arrive within two hours, on-demand, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week through appointments made through the company website, by phone or via the mobile app. Heal is covered by most insurance plans in California, and will soon accept insurance from providers within the D.C. area. In the interim, patients still benefit from affordable, cash pay visits that never cost more than $99. This is significantly less than ER visits and many doctor’s office visits.