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Telehealth apps rise in Southeast Asia due to doctor scarcity

Chinese group’s entry to remote consultation market set to trigger expansion

A patient speaks with a doctor via a video consulation on Halodoc's app. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- Bayu Surya is a 28-year-old editor based in Jakarta who suffers from eye problems and pressure sores due to sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end. Seeking advice from a doctor, he recently turned to remote consultation app Halodoc, rather than to go to a clinic for a consultation in person.

The app allows him to select a doctor from a list, then start a video call with them. He can also use the app to buy medicines, which will be delivered to his office.

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