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Heal to add 10-15 cities to its doctor housecall-on-demand service

In addition to San Diego, Heal serves Los Angeles, Orange County, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.

Heal MobileCalifornia concierge care service startup Heal has added San Diego to the cities it provides its doctor housecall-on-demand service, with plans to add 10-15 more this year, according to a company statement.

In addition to San Diego, it serves Los Angeles, Orange County, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.

It uses medical assistants to transport its network of physicians to appointments in its fleet of “Heal mobiles.” In an interview with co-founder Nick Desai in October last year, he said if doctors don’t feel comfortable with a neighborhood or the residence where the patient resides, they don’t have to go, but so far it hadn’t been an issue.

It provides mostly primary care services but had plans to increase those services. Over the summer, it added an X-ray service for people with mobility issues. Desai also said it planned to add an IV service.

In emailed responses to questions, Desai said Heal partnered with ScriptDash, an on-demand pharmacy service, to provide Bay Area patients with free prescription delivery. Heal’s network currently includes more than 150 doctors.

Although it charges $99 for visits, it has partnerships with a few payers, including Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California and Cigna, under select insurance plans which charge an in-network co-pay under select plans.

Heal Co-founder Dr. Renee Dua said its service is designed to help people who don’t want to wait around a primary care physician office and who place a premium on convenience.

“Heal intimately understands this reality, and was designed to make quality healthcare easy for everyone to access, and delivered at a convenient time and place for the consumer,” she said in the statement.