Health insurance startup Alan has launched a new product called Alan Map in France. It’s a dead simple way to find GPs, dentists, ophthalmologists and more around you.
You first type your address and the name of a doctor or the type of doctors you’re looking for. There’s a big map front and center with dots representing doctors around you.
If you click on a dot or a name in the right column, you can learn more about this doctor. Alan Map currently lists the name, address, phone number, opening hours and average price. You can also find out if you can see this doctor without booking an appointment, and if they accept national healthcare cards.
This is already so much better than searching through a directory. But Alan doesn’t plan to stop there. The company will soon launch an integration with MonDocteur so that you can book an appointment from Alan Map directly. MonDocteur is one of the leading healthcare scheduling services in France with Doctolib.
But compared to Doctolib and MonDocteur, Alan Map doesn’t stop at doctors that use their own scheduling systems. Alan has partnered with the official health directory from France’s national healthcare system. You’ll find over 245,000 health professionals on Alan Map, with pricing information for nearly half of them.
The main advantage compared to Ameli.fr is that it looks much better and it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for. Design can be important, even for health products. It can be the main difference between an obscure directory on an official website and a useful map.
Eventually, Alan plans to add more data to its mapping product. For instance, as Alan is a health insurance startup, the company knows how much users are paying when they visit a specific doctor. You could anonymize and leverage this data to get exact pricing information.
Alan Map is a free product. It’s a good way to promote the company’s health insurance product and get inbound traffic. For instance, it should give an SEO boost and you might see Alan in your Google search results.
As for Alan users, they can find a doctor and know how much they’ll get back from the national healthcare system and from Alan. This way, there’s no surprise when you get reimbursed.