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 Smoking pot? It could cost you your job 2019-01-23 15:59 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 Smoking pot? It could cost you your job Medical How a support dog has transformed the life of this boy with autism Medical Mangoes prove why they are considered the 'king of fruits' Medical A healthy lifestyle lowers the odds of breast cancer's return Diet and nutrition A handy guide to portion control - measuring food with your fist Lifestyle Keep moving to keep brain sharp in old age Live healthier Vaping dangers » Why vaping may do your heart no favours US moves to restrict flavoured e-cig sales, ban menthol cigarettes Under pressure, top US e-cig maker pulls most flavoured products from market Friends' vaping could pose danger to kids with asthma In a study, school children with asthma were found to be more likely to suffer an asthma attack after exposure to vapour from someone else's e-cigarette. Protect your skin » Just a little weightlifting can help your heart How to handle incontinence at the gym 10 ways to keep your skin glowing with good health in 2019 Avoid germs at the gym to protect your skin The bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin infections love warm, moist places like sweaty exercise equipment and locker room showers.