Home > News > Events Updated 12 November 2013 New website improves access to healthcare RecoMed takes the pain out of finding and booking a doctor appointment. After filtering for suburb and specialty a patient can instantly book an appointment with their doctor of choice, for free. 0 Shutterstock For most South Africans, finding a new doctor that is competent, caring and close by is very difficult. Asking around often proves pointless; online directories only supply contact details and doctors with practice websites aren’t necessarily great doctors. In fact, with online reviews and recommendations, there’s far more transparency in the restaurant business than there is in the medical industry. And even when a patient decides to take the leap of faith - getting an appointment can prove tedious and frustrating. Remember when one had to phone several travel agencies just to book a flight? It often took longer to book the flight than it did to actually fly to the destination. And yet that’s still how most South Africans book doctors appointments today. Only recently, have sites like RecoMed hit our shores. Modelled on systems used in America and Europe, RecoMed quite literally takes the pain out of finding and booking a doctor appointment. After filtering for suburb and specialty a patient can instantly book an appointment with their doctor of choice. This service is available 24 hours a day and is completely free.This is an important step toward transparency. Not only can patients see the practices’ location, opening hours, the doctors’ qualifications or even languages spoken but after attending appointments patients can post reviews of their experiences for others to read. Users can now compare practitioners and make informed decisions without the need to rummage through different forums and practice web pages. The arrival of RecoMed is part of a powerful trend. Recently, South Africans have seen a number of convenient booking services pop up: Restaurant tables can be booked online via services like Table Magic (www.tablemagic.co.za) and transport can be arranged via companies like Uber (www.uber.com).Ev Williams, founder of Twitter summarizes it well: “We often think the Internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done. The Internet makes human desires more easily attainable. In other words, it offers convenience.” About RecoMedRecoMed (www.recomed.co.za) was founded in 2013 with the mission to improve access to healthcare. With RecoMed, patients can search for doctors and instantly book appointments online. There are 4000+ medical specialists on RecoMed and thousands of people use RecoMed to find a doctor or dentist each month. (Woman working on laptop from Shutterstock) NEXT ON HEALTH24X What impact does getting less than 7 hours of sleep have on your body? 51 minutes ago More: NewsEvents advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical What impact does getting less than 7 hours of sleep have on your body? Fitness Bringing up the rear: a workout for your glutes Medical A 73-year-old woman’s ‘velvety palms’ were actually a rare sign of lung cancer Diet and nutrition Top 5 metabolism-boosting proteins Medical Why you should pay special attention to urinary tract infections in children Fitness The essential upper arm shape-up Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.