Singapore has a reputation for being one of the best places to seek excellent - if not cheap - healthcare in the region. But while holistic health services are readily available, ironically, it can be difficult to find - that is, there is no one tool for users to easily locate, assess and compare such medical services easily. Compare Clinic
) aims to change that.
is a new Singapore-based online healthcare community that helps users easily find and connect with trusted medical specialists who best fit their healthcare needs, both locally and overseas. Aside from assessing clinic profiles users can check out unfiltered customer feedback for each medical facility or clinic, as well as get health tips and information on the latest treatment options from certified healthcare professionals to help them make more informed decisions about the medical treatment they are considering. An online appointment booking system even allows users to contact and communicate with medical specialists. Users can then sharing their experience online by contributing reviews of clinics and the treatments they’ve received.
currently offers information and customer feedback for clinics in more than 20 categories from east and west, including acupuncture, cardiology, dental services, fertility, holistic health, eye care, physiotherapy, chiropractic, orthopaedics and aesthetics.
aims to help people lead happier lives by being a stepping stone to better health,” says Virginia Chan, Director of Compare Clinic. “Our focus is on educating people in order to help them make the right medical decisions for holistic well-being. We believe in the balance of body, mind and soul and hope to help users achieve this through the information we provide in collaboration with medical experts.”
The online community also benefits medical and dental service providers by helping them effectively reach out to a wider pool of patients, especially those without a web presence. Any clinic or medical facility can sign up for a free basic profile on the site, with the option to upgrade to a paid premium account that allows them to better showcase their services and further engage with users by publishing their own content.
"Our ultimate goal is to help patients get quality healthcare anywhere, anytime. Singapore is one of Asia’s medical tourism hubs and with consumer spending on healthcare in Asia Pacific expected to grow to US$1 trillion by 2016, there is a real business opportunity for medical service providers here that Compare Clinic
is aligned with to expand their patient database,” adds Chan.
Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.