BetterDoctor: Search for the Right Doctor Near You

October 7, 2012

10:00 am

The appeal of BetterDoctor is illustrated by a simple comparison. Here’s what your average insurance company doctor search looks like:

And here’s what BetterDoctor looks like:

My insurance has over 46,000 doctors to choose from in the San Francisco area, of varying quality. “Overall it’s just a very messed up, complex system,” says BetterDoctor cofounder and CEO Ari Tulla. BetterDoctor sorts out the doctors who don’t have a malpractice screening, an active medical license, or good Yelp reviews, leaving a short list to choose from.

BetterDoctor spent a year and a half compiling information from a variety of government sources, physician websites, and malpractice records. Their goal is to instantly give you all the information you would find after four hours of Internet research about a doctor. On top of that, doctors will be invited to add their availability and update their contact info, similar to ZocDoc.

The startup, which is funded by a group of doctors and angel investors, launched in September in San Francisco. They will roll out nationwide by next month.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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