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Air Doctor scores $7.8M to connect travellers with local doctors

Air Doctor, the well being tech startup that connects travellers with native docs, has raised $7.eight million in Series A funding. The spherical is led by Kamet Ventures (the AXA-backed enterprise builder), and The Phoenix Insurance Company.

Founded in 2016, Air Doctor goals to empower travellers who get sick when overseas and want non-emergency recommendation or remedy. It has created a community of native non-public physicians that travellers can entry, sometimes through journey insurance coverage or perks. The platform is offered throughout 42 international locations in 5 continents, and allows you to search by location, language, specialty, and value.

“Air Doctor was born out of the founding group’s personal travelling experiences, out of that horrible feeling you get whenever you fall unwell abroad and don’t know who to show to or the best way to get the quick response you want,” says Jenny Cohen Derfler , CEO and co-founder of Air Doctor.

“Yam [Derfler, Head of Product Innovation] got here up with the concept after eight months of travelling round South America, during which each he and his buddies at totally different occasions felt fully helpless once they acquired sick and, most of the time, couldn’t discover English-speaking docs”.

Derfler says Air Doctor’s preliminary focus was that of the travelling affected person, however the group shortly realised that it is a downside that impacts a complete ecosystem round medical look after travellers.

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“Local docs don’t have any dependable manner of accessing a complete new group of personal clients, insurance coverage firms waste enormous quantities of cash on tedious and questionable medical companies, and likewise need to enhance the client expertise of being linked to healthcare, and journey brokers desire a dependable service to bundle up as a part of their packages. It grew to become clear we would have liked to construct a platform that may advantages all events,” she says.

By combining a worldwide community of medical professionals with a digital platform, Air Doctor is ready to decrease prices for insurance coverage firms, and supply value-added options for bank card firms and cellular operators. On the provision finish, it additionally claims to extend physicians’ earnings and digital presence, whereas offering “the very best stage of healthcare” for worldwide travellers of their native languages.

“Our intention is to offer each traveler on this planet entry to skilled native docs and specialists once they want it, and by doing so to assist them keep away from having to go to hospitals or vacationer clinics,” provides Derfler.

The that finish, Air Doctor’s first buyer was The Phoenix, one among Israel’s main insurance coverage firms, which has subsequently invested as a part of this Series A spherical. By providing Air Doctor to its clients, The Phoenix was in a position to scale back its loss ratio by lowering declare prices, reorienting sufferers to outpatient clinics moderately than emergency companies, and streamlining funds.

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“Our large promoting level for the travellers themselves is management,” underlines the Air Doctor CEO. “When you’re sick whereas away from residence, you need to really feel like you might be in command of your state of affairs. Our on-line platform helps sufferers discover fast options, by offering them with a wealth of details about a wider vary of native practitioners to allow them to select essentially the most applicable physician for his or her wants and preferences. Most importantly, we assist them entry medical care of their native language, which is among the greatest issues with regards to feeling in command of your state of affairs”.

Meanwhile, this newest spherical follows Air Doctor’s seed spherical of $3.1 million in July 2018. The new funding might be used to bolster Air Doctor’s medical community and R&D capabilities and for worldwide growth throughout the insurance coverage, telecom, and bank card industries.


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