Air Doctor, an Israeli startup that combines medical care and travel, secured $20 million in funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, which it says will be used to scale the company globally. The company explained this its second round of investment capitalized on the worldwide influx in travelers after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Think about that for just a second. How many times have you been abroad and your health insurance did not cover your medical expenses while outside of your country of residence. Or maybe it did provide coverage, or you had some sort of travelers’ insurance, but no idea how to find the right doctor to fit your needs as a patient.
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Let’s face it if you are an American traveling in Poland or China or a Canadian in Egypt or even Israel, what do you do when you need a doctor? Local doctors may be employed by the government healthcare system in places with socialized healthcare. And which doctors will your insurance pay for, or which ones will take your insurance so you do not need to pay in advance and get reimbursed later – much later in most cases when it comes to insurance.
And then there is the whole problem with finding a doctor who knows what you need when you have some sort of special needs. Not every doctor in the world knows how to treat every illness and the right medications may also be hard to find. This is where Air Doctors steps in.
Launched in Israel in 2018, Air Doctor connects travelers seeking medical attention with local doctors whilst abroad through their intuitive mobile and desktop app. With a global network of over 20,000 medical professionals across 2,000 cities in 74 countries, Air Doctor provides travelers with peace of mind and aims to make healthcare accessible to everyone, everywhere.
“As the world emerges from COVID-19, people have resumed travel, with a greater demand for suitable travel insurance and digital solutions. The pandemic has forced the industry to reassess local medical treatment available for travelers. Today, travelers testing positive for the Coronavirus will be able to seek medical care in the local communities they are in rather than in hospitals.” said Jenny Cohen Derfler, CEO and Founder of Air Doctor. “Air Doctor has become one of the fastest-growing startups, with tens of thousands of registered users and many more accessing the network worldwide. Today the company offers a unique and distinctive digital product with almost no competition worldwide.” Said CEO Cohen Derfler