Los Angeles (PRWEB) February 16, 2011
ZocDoc (http://www.zocdoc.com), today launched in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Residents of the country’s second-largest city can now find doctors, dentists, and specialists, and instantly book appointments online.
ZocDoc’s unique service is free to users, who get 24/7 access to provider schedules and authentic doctor reviews by other users. As of today, over 100,000 appointments are available in Greater Los Angeles through ZocDoc.
ZocDoc offers a solution to many problems and inefficiencies riddling the healthcare system in Los Angeles and beyond:
- The average wait time for a doctor appointment in Los Angeles is 24 days, but over 40% of ZocDoc users make same-day appointments.
- ZocDoc eases the cost burden on LA’s taxpayers and hospitals by helping patients find urgent doctor care and avoid expensive emergency rooms.
- Patients struggling to find practices that accept their health insurance can use ZocDoc to search for providers by insurance plan.
Residents of metropolitan Los Angeles can also find the nearest doctor and book an appointment from their mobile phones, with the ZocDoc App for iPhone. (http://www.zocdoc.com/iphone) ZocDoc is in the midst of a nationwide expansion. The public can vote for the next city where ZocDoc will be available at http://www.zocdoc.com/vote.
ZocDoc was founded in 2007 by Cyrus Massoumi, Oliver Kharraz, M.D., and Nick Ganju. It operates in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, and now Los Angeles. The company is funded by Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Bezos Expeditions (the investment fund of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos), and Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff.
"We heard from patients and doctors in Los Angeles who were eager to have ZocDoc in their city,” said Cyrus Massoumi, ZocDoc CEO and co-founder. “We’re proud to help Los Angeles residents get the fast, convenient healthcare they deserve.”
“It’s unacceptable that Angelenos have had to wait an average 24 days for medical care,” said Dr. Oliver Kharraz, ZocDoc Chief Medical Officer and co-founder. “As a physician, I can tell you that a fast and early response is the key to successful treatment. ZocDoc now makes that response possible in Los Angeles.”
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