India's Practo takes its healthcare platform international

The Bangalore-based start-up has a near-monopoly at home. Helped by Chinese investment, it's expanding to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond.

Practo is an Indian integrated healthcare platform that covers medical appointments, consultations, health records and insurance.

Founded in 2008, the Bangalore-based healthcare company began as a simple matchmaking site for patients and nearby doctors or clinics.

As the number of doctors rose, it started to allow patients to choose doctors based on their experience as well as reviews by other patients.

Practo now runs a platform that allows doctors and clinics to advertise to relevant customers. It also helps them manage appointments and order medicines. More recently, it started managing online consultation between doctors and patients.

It also runs a question-and-answer...

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