Healthcare site WhatClinic expands in Singapore with dental bookings

A generic picture of a plastic surgery being performed on a patient. Whatclinic.com is a high-growth European tech startup that helps consumers find, compare and book popular elective medical treatments.
A generic picture of a plastic surgery being performed on a patient. Whatclinic.com is a high-growth European tech startup that helps consumers find, compare and book popular elective medical treatments.PHOTO: WHATCLINIC.COM
WhatClinic.com said they would start to roll out real-time booking technology for dental patients in Singapore.
WhatClinic.com said they would start to roll out real-time booking technology for dental patients in Singapore.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WWW.WHATCLINIC.COM

SINGAPORE - Healthcare search engine WhatClinic.com has announced its expansion in the Singapore market in response to a growing demand from consumers for information on private medical clinics.

WhatClinic.com will begin by starting to roll out real time booking technology for dental patients here, the company said in the statement on Tuesday.

The site lists approximately 600 private doctors, dentists and plastic surgeons on its Singapore pages, and over the past 24 months has observed a 307 per cent increase in enquiries from local patients.

There has also been a 97 per cent increase in enquiries from patients looking to get treatment in Singapore, coming primarily from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the site said in the release.

In the past three months alone, over 430,000 people have visited the site looking for dental treatments in Singapore.

It has announced investing its resources to engage with with dentists and doctors, with the goal of tripling local coverage before the end of the year.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to support expansion into the Singapore market," chief executive officer Caelen King said. "We believe that by giving them (healthcare consumers) all the information they need, they can make empowered choices for themselves, and for their families."

Started in 2007, WhatClinic.com has detailed listings of 120,000 clinics in more than 135 countries. It has been visited 60 million times by patients from 240 countries looking for treatments at competitive prices at home and abroad. It provides free as well as paid listings for clinics providing a range of services including dentistry, cosmetic surgery, physiotherapy, fertility and others.

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