Yes, healthcare. The ever-evolving ride-hailing app has recently expanded its reach into the online healthcare space via a partnership with Ping An Good Doctor (PAGD) – China’s top online healthcare provider.
Slated to become the world’s fourth largest economy by 2030, Southeast Asia is facing rapidly growing healthcare needs, the company said. This joint venture will address this demand with online AI-assisted medical consultations, medicine delivery and appointment bookings, according to the press release.
The company’s GrabPay digital wallet will be used to process payments for services rendered, according to the same release.
With PAGD’s already established AI functionality and Grab’s geographic footprint and market reach, the companies expect that this new functionality can successfully address the ever-growing healthcare demand though the digital airwaves.
“Grab was founded on the principle of bringing accessible and affordable services to the masses in Southeast Asia, be it in transport, payments, food delivery or groceries,” said Group CEO and Co-Founder Anthony Tan via the same release. “We believe everyone should have access to high-quality and affordable healthcare. Together with PAGD, we will deliver affordable healthcare through technology. This has the potential to make a huge impact in the lives of our families and communities we serve across SEA.”
As for potential competitors, Grab rival Go-Jek already has a similar service called Go-Med and according to Nikkei Asian Review, both companies are vying for the all-in-one “super app” status with platform innovations and offerings that closely mirror one another, including mobile payments.
Grab’s new service is set to lunch in select countries Q1 of next year.