Speak With A Doctor And Get Medicine Without Leaving Home

Mar 13, 2018
4 min read

Feeling sick? Perhaps it's better for you, and those around you, that you stay at home. We can bring the doctor and medication to you.

Now, when you're sick with a common acute self-limiting condition, such as a cold or flu, you can just stay at home and we'll bring the healthcare to you. You can consult a Singapore licensed GP from the comfort of your bed or sofa. The doctor will provide you with medical advice and consultation notes, and depending on the doctor's diagnosis, they may also be able to provide you with a medical certificate and medication which will be delivered straight to your door.

If your condition is serious, or further physical examination is required, the doctors will tell you what to do to get appropriate care. Consulting a doctor online is a convenient first line of defense that will likely help your acute condition, and if it can’t, it’ll point you in the right direction to deal with it effectively. Medical consultations are a dynamic process whereby recommendations and differential diagnoses are revised as more information is known. It is important to get in contact with your physician anytime the medical issue has changed in any way.

We're trying to eliminate distractions to make your healthcare experience as accessible and efficient as possible. Why should you leave home to see a doctor if you don't have to? This service empowers anyone in Singapore to pay $20 to quickly video call a licensed Singapore doctor, via a video call from their mobile phone, laptop, or any web-enabled device. If the doctor believes you need medication, with your consent we'll have the it delivered to your door for $10.

We have partnered with a prominent healthcare group in Singapore in order to ensure you always have access to a doctor and quality medication. The intention is not to replace the current healthcare system. We are augmenting it by making healthcare more accessible for the patient. In fact, not all conditions are suitable for an online consultation. In those cases, the doctors on RingMD are trained to refer the patient for a face to face visit with a physician or specialist.

What can I get help with?

Common conditions that can be serviced by doctors from our instant call feature can be found:

Why does this make sense in Singapore?

RingMD CEO Justin Fulcher explains the need for this service in Singapore:

"We know from our experience overseas that a good proportion of in-person General Practitioner (GP) visits can occur online through high-quality video call. According to the 2014 Ministry of Health Primary Care survey, 31,800 patients with acute conditions that are likely to be self-limiting (coughs, colds, sore throats, etc.) visit private GP clinics on a daily basis.  That is over 9 million per year.  In many cases, time off to rest and recover is the best medicine and all the patient requires is a Medical Certificate (MC) to sign them off work, which can be provided, if necessary, over RingMD. The objective of our instant call feature is to target these acute conditions. This option of virtual care is important because patients currently have to spend time travelling to a clinic and sitting in a waiting room surrounded by other sick people before they can consult with a doctor. We believe that technology can increase the convenience of receiving healthcare without affecting the quality of care, the safety of the patient, or the security of their personal data. It's time for patients to gain more control over their healthcare delivery."

Empowering Singaporeans with swift access to doctors was a no-brainer. Singapore has almost unparalleled internet connectivity and smartphone ownership. It is also a place where a large percentage of primary care services are paid out of pocket by the consumer. Most Singaporeans value their time very highly and want to optimize convenience of all the services they consume, including healthcare. So enabling you to consult with a GP from your desk or sofa and get you the medicine you need is just common sense.

Singapore is also incredibly fortunate to have a very forward-thinking health ministry that embraces how technology can improve the lives of Singaporeans. Together we hope to deliver the most convenient and high-quality healthcare in the world.