Quick Summary: The fact is the majority of Australians prefer bulk billing GP over patient accounts. In case you don’t know, bulk billing GP bills Medicare directly and thus, patients don’t have to spend anything from their pocket.
Whereas, under a patient account, the doctor charges patients and then patients have to submit claims with their Medicare coverage. The probability of getting 100% Medicare coverage is low in the case of a patient account. In addition to this, patients have to manage everything by themselves.
Because of these 2 significant reasons, people’s interest in bulk billing GP has been very consistent – as per Google Trends data.
So, to grab this opportunity, let’s discuss how you can build a bulk billing GP app in Australia like HealthEngine which recently raised $30 million.
About HealthEngine: Australia’s most patient-focused healthcare startup
HealthEngine is a Perth-based health-tech startup that facilitates users to find GP nearby and book either in-person or virtual appointments with the care providers from their mobile phones.
Co-founded in 2006 by former GP turned CEO Dr. Marcus Tan and Adam Yap, HealthEngine recently raised a whopping $30 million in its series E of the funding round, led by Inspire Impact.
Using its robust platform, users can book appointments with GP, dentist, physio and dermatologists. It even enables users to book COVID-19 and flu vaccine appointments.
With a vision to build a super app version of an online healthcare platform, HealthEngine has also rolled out online pharmacy services to deliver prescriptions at the doorstep of the patients.
As of now, HealthEngine caters to a very large Australian healthcare market including top cities like Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, and Canberra.
How did HealthEngine build a user base of 3.9 million users?: Top strategies
HealthEngine is dominating the Australian healthcare startup ecosystem with its unique yet common business model, use cases and value propositions.
Talking about how successful it is, it attracts over 1.6 million visitors to its website every month.
If you want to achieve something similar with your healthcare startup, you can consider applying these top strategies of HealthEngine.
Scope to develop bulk billing GP app like HealthEngine in Australia
When you compare Australia with North American countries such as the USA and Canada, you find a great difference in healthcare technology adoption and the healthcare startup ecosystem.
While the USA and Canada have produced multiple unicorn healthcare startups, Australia is still struggling to build scalable healthcare startups which investors find worthy to invest in.
But now due to the pandemic and affordable healthcare technology, the Australian healthcare segment is undergoing mass transformation.
Consumers have also acknowledged the usefulness of healthcare solutions. As a result, almost all small-medium scale healthcare startups in Australia experienced rapid growth in the last 2 years.
However, the competition is still in its early stages. What Australian healthcare startups are adopting now on a large scale have been adopted by North American startups years ago.
Telemedicine, online pharmacy, doctor marketplace are some of the examples.
So, looking at the very less market penetration of healthcare technologies, it is safe to say that there is huge room available to develop a bulk billing GP app in Australia like HealthEngine.
To make it more patient-focused and generate more revenue, you can consider adding other app modules such as online pharmacy, healthcare eCommerce, and remote monitoring to it.
Since there is no cutthroat competition in the Australian market, you are most likely to make your app an instant hit if you ensure a remarkable user experience, patient-centric app features, smart business model and almost zero app bugs.
Work hard on these 4 aspects of the app and you will make it Australia’s most popular healthcare app
Only code does not make an app great. You need to work on other aspects of the app too. So, let us share some tips to win these 4 aspects which can define the fate of your bulk billing GP app.
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Because of our core healthcare understanding, we are able to deliver clinical value in your project. And because of our healthcare passion, we are able to add outstanding extra efforts to your project.
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