Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Primary care
SummaryDr Consulta is a start up low-cost clinic in São Paulo, that was launched in August 2011. The goal is to offer high quality, low cost primary healthcare services (general practitioners, gynecology, pediatrics etc).
In Brazil there are 135 million people who belong to the base of the socioeconomic pyramid and have limited access to health. The public health system has limited capacity to meet demand. Only 45% of health facilities in the country are public, and are unable to meet 80% of demand. Compounding the problem in Brazil, 30% of municipalities do not have hospitals and 25% did not have doctors. As a result, 40% of patients seen by the public feel that the health care service within the country is poor or very poor. For this reason, Dr. Consulta began, with the aim to solve these problems through low cost clinics, with a focus on patients.
Key program components
Dr. Consulta targets those that don't have health insurance. Clinics are located in lower income neighborhoods, and are easily accessible. There is always at least one doctor at the clinic at any given time, and there is a strong focus on good business management. Offices are simple and are separated by partitions with formica and plastic chairs. There is a lack of tertiary medical equipment, such as that used in eye exams, ultrasounds, and electrocardiograms. In more serious cases, where hospitalization is necessary, patients are referred to the public hospital. General consultations cost R$40 (~$20USD) and a visit with any any of the ten specialties provided, costs R$60 (~$30USD), with the ability to split the bill into two separate payments.
Approximately 600 procedures are performed at the clinic every 30 days.
Revenue Sources: Out of pocket payments
- Galicia InvestmentsFor-profit