A new service called ZocDoc has come to Bellaire and other parts of the Houston area, giving patients fast and free online access to appointments with nearby doctors.
ZocDoc is designed to allow patients to find local doctors, sort by location and insurance plan, read verified reviews and book appointments online at ZocDoc.com or via the ZocDoc iPhone App.
More than 174,000 Houston-area appointments are available via ZocDoc.
The service is offered at no charge to patients, who receive around–the-clock access to medical providers’ schedules and verified patient reviews of local doctors.
Appointments with primary care physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists and dermatologists are available in Bellaire now, and more specialties will be added in the coming months.
A new patient booking an appointment for a routine physical from a physician must wait 17 days on average, a study by national health care search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates reported. However, 40 percent of all appointments scheduled by ZocDoc users occur within 24 hours, and more than 60 percent of ZocDoc patients secure appointments within 72 hours.
“ZocDoc helps patients receive the fast, convenient health care they deserve,” ZocDoc CEO and co-founder Cyrus Massoumi said.
ZocDoc service also is currently available in New York, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
“Early response is crucial to successful medical treatment,” said Dr. Oliver Kharraz, ZocDoc co-founder, chief operating officer and chief medical officer. “ZocDoc gives patients more health care choices in their own neighborhoods, even allowing them to schedule appointments on nights and weekends when available.”
For more information, go to the website www.zocdoc.com.