Google Search is introducing new tools to better assist people looking for doctors or other healthcare provider-related information. Firstly, the company is letting doctors and healthcare providers update their Google Business Profile to add which health insurance networks they accept. On mobile, People will also be able to filter search results based on whether a provider accepts Medicare. It is “a health plan predominantly for people over the age of 65.”
These tools will enable people to quickly check whether their health insurance is accepted at a certain hospital. They no longer need to dig through the hospital’s official website for that information.
Additionally, Google Search will also specify what languages are spoken at a healthcare center. The company says it currently represents over a dozen languages. These include Spanish and American Sign Language. You can expect to see more languages in the future. Because, as Google notes, “in addition to finding a doctor who takes their insurance, people want to be able to communicate clearly in their language of choice.”
According to Google, three out of every four Americans search for health information on the internet before heading out to see a doctor. That’s because the US healthcare system is “quite challenging”. The company believes tools like this will “help people make more informed choices about their health,” and quickly so.