New York, NY (PRWEB) March 19, 2009
Just in time for spring, New Yorkers can now get allergy relief faster than ever before. ZocDoc, the service to find a doctor and book appointments online, added allergists to its growing list of specialties today. Patients using ZocDoc can find allergists by insurance and location, and book appointments instantly online - including same-day and next-day appointments.
With over 30 million Americans suffering from allergies and hay fever symptoms, getting an appointment with an allergist can often take up to three weeks, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. ZocDoc now eliminates this lengthy wait.
"Anyone with allergies knows how agonizing the spring can be. ZocDoc is continuing to provide New Yorkers with improved access to health care by making it easy to find allergists at the time they are needed most," said Cyrus Massoumi, ZocDoc co-founder and CEO. "We see this as nothing short of essential."
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports over 12 million doctor visits a year due to allergies and hay fever. And spring is the time when most of them occur.
"I see about a 50% increase in patient visits in the spring. Most people come in complaining of nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes," said Dr. Boyan Hadjiev, of the Advanced Allergy & Sinus Center in New York. "Patients want to be seen and treated quickly, which is why ZocDoc has been invaluable in my practice. They are filling a great need."