No one likes the medicinal smell of hospital wards and congested hallways. HomeGP offers an opportunity to receive treatment in a familiar environment.

Ajay Madhukar  |  Singapore
Published 2015-08-26 16:39:14

It becomes incredibly difficult for the sick and elderly to continue going to hospitals and clinics regularly just to keep up with their health condition. Going to see the doctor once in a blue moon is fine, but frequent visits to the clinic is something that I personally detest.

You have to crawl your way out of the bed and get someone else to take you to the clinic while you patiently fight the pain of being stuck in traffic.

Wouldn’t it be better to be taken care of right within the comfort of our homes? Well, that’s what HomeGP is looking to do.

Founders Nic Lim and Azrul Rahim joined forces to recently launch HomeGP, a platform that’s looking to change the way healthcare is provided to those that need it the most.

Image Credit: HomeGP
Image Credit: HomeGP

Founder Nic Lim believes, “Malaysians are technology savvy now and prefer to make online purchases/bookings in the essence of time and travel inconveniences. There at least 1.5 million households who have either ageing parents, young children, or bedridden family members, requiring healthcare.” Thus he wants to make HomeGP the solution for their healthcare needs.

HomeGP is a house call online booking platform that connects frail elderly patients to qualified doctors and nurses/caregivers, who can manage existing problems, evaluate new symptoms, dispense prescriptions, order and perform tests.

Image Credit: HomeGP
Image Credit: HomeGP

You can use the platform to book nurses, doctors and caregivers and once the appointment is confirmed they will show up at your doorstep. Don’t worry, all the healthcare practitioners are true professionals and most of them are members of the Malaysian Medical Association.

So you won’t have any strangers showing up at your doorstep promising to take care of your sick grandmother.

The platform can also be used by patients who have been recently discharged the hospital and would like a professional to take care of them within the confines of their home.

Since the platform has been released recently, it only covers a few areas in the Klang Valley like Bangsar, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Cheras and Petaling Jaya. They are busy adding in more coverage areas almost every week.

Image Credit: HomeGP
Image Credit: HomeGP

For a limited time only, users can get a house call doctor at RM150 as part of their LET US CARE promo. You could also book a nurse for about RM75 for a 3-hour visit and each hour thereafter will be charged an additional RM25 per hour.

Given that we have busy schedules to attend to, HomeGP is an ideal platform that a person can use to find a nurse, a doctor or a caregiver to attend to the demanding needs of our elderly grandparents or our sick family members.

They are also working on a mobile app that will be released soon but you can visit their website for now.

The reason this platform might work is because, let’s face it, one of the main reasons we don’t like visiting the doctor is the environment of which the doctor is in. Other than convenience, this would also be helpful to convince older folks or younger children who are more stubborn and less pleased with the idea of having to travel to the clinic or hospital because they’d think it is a foreign place.

HomeGP offers an opportunity for them to receive treatment in a safe and familiar environment—our own home.

Remember when Door2Door Doctor said that they’d welcome competitors? That has just come true. Now let’s see how the healthcare scene will evolve with these disruptions.

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