We live in a connected world where smartphones are ubiquitous, and telehealth is coming of age. In fact, IHS reports the telehealth industry is projected to grow to $4.5 billion by 2018, up from $440.6 million in 2013.
Many companies in this space are focused on “membership medicine”; concierge physician networks that mainly benefit large corporate customers by lowering employee health care costs. At Curely, we’re taking a much different approach; one that’s truly borderless and keeps the public in public health care.
What exactly do we mean by that? At its core, we believe reliable health care is a fundamental human right, one that transcends political, socio-economic and physical borders. Stated simply, everyone on this planet deserves timely and affordable access to qualified doctors to maintain their personal health and wellness.
In the U.S. alone, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates the nation will face a shortfall of 46,100 doctors within 10 years – particularly in rural and poor areas. Supply cannot keep pace with demand, and when resources are limited, costs continue to rise.
People around the world who don’t have access to physicians but do have smartphones are looking to the Web for advice about their health and well-being. Seeking reassurance and with no other options, they are self-diagnosing based on medical myths and unverified sources, which can ultimately lead to the ER.
So how does Curely solve these problems? We’ve created a mobile marketplace that’s powered by the people – one that crowdsources board-certified physicians globally and makes them readily accessible to everyone, everywhere. There are no membership fees or flat rates. Our doctors are free to set their own prices and to help people with or without health insurance.
At Curely we call this “borderless care,” and it’s about to change the way we all approach personal health and wellness. Why hold off on seeing a doctor when doctors around the world are waiting for you? Join the movement today by downloading Curely on your iOS or Android device.