Mosh telehealth service receives $ 10 million to help treat men’s health
It aims to eliminate the shame and anxiety of finding help for “troublesome” health problems like erectile dysfunction and hair loss.
When Gabriel Baker suffered from hair loss in his early twenties, he wanted to find a solution, but found that large clinics were “quite old fashioned, embarrassing and expensive.”
“For me, it was something I was very aware of, so the experience of stepping into a large hair clinic was embarrassing and it was an industry that was ripe for disruption,” he said. at news.com.au.
“I felt there was a way to do it more seamlessly and make it more affordable and partly more low-key and the guys would lap it up.”
This gave him the idea for a more modern approach to men’s health and with their roommate David Narunsky, the duo decided to launch a telehealth service called Mosh in 2018.
The Sydney duo are passionate about reducing the shame and anxiety that keep men from seeing their doctors about issues they consider embarrassing.
While they initially focused on hair loss, they quickly discovered a lack of transparency in sexual health clinics, and Mosh has now expanded its offering to address erection issues, skin, mental health, and more recently. , daily health.
Mr Baker, who was previously a lawyer, said men were notoriously bad at taking care of their health.
“It sounds like a generalization, but if you talk to any guy we put our health issues first and taking care of your own health ends up at number 50 on the to-do list,” he said. -he declares.
“We thought we would make it easier for guys to engage with health and treatment access platforms. It’s about making men’s health easy and safe and the key differentiator is that it’s been done online.
“Covid and lockdowns have had a negative impact on the economy, but one area that has exploded in the wake of the pandemic is the use of telehealth services. “
Mosh recently secured $ 10 million in funding, while the co-founders of global dating app Tinder, Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, were the first to support healthcare startup in 2019 with an investment of $ 1 million.
Since the start of the pandemic, the business has quadrupled due to customer demand, according to the founders.
Mr Narunsky, a former investment banker, said Mosh allows men to go to the website, select an area of concern such as erectile dysfunction, and complete an interactive questionnaire.
“It’s sent to a doctor, then the doctor does a checkup with you. So it’s a combination of texting, phone calls, or video to come up with a personalized treatment plan and a prescription that is delivered to you. your door, ”he said.
Users can subscribe to a subscription service which costs between $ 30 and $ 70 per month and includes delivery of medication every three months from a pharmacy registered on the Mosh platform.
So far, Mosh has handled 30,000 men on his rig, Narunksy added.
For Mr Baker, 34, he also wants to help deal with the massive mental health crisis by making it easier for a person to connect with a doctor without having to leave their home.
This means psychological appointments billed in bulk at no additional cost, so the consumer doesn’t have to pay a dollar out of pocket, Narunsky added.
“There is currently a shortage of psychologists across Australia so it’s hard to find bulk billing psychology practices and with mental health we want to play our part and obviously a lot of people are using this service,” said the 32-year-old. .
But Mr Baker is quick to point out that they are not trying to replace someone who has a regular GP.
“We try to complement this offer and try to work with a patient’s regular GP to provide optimal service,” he said.
“Patients go to their GPs for regular services, then the GP could refer them to a psychologist on our platform and we get validation because even now government agencies are referring people to our psychologists for services. Mental Health.”
He hopes the latest $ 10 million investment injection will help make Mosh a household name by expanding his efforts into preventative healthcare.
“I think we are only scratching the surface in terms of the opportunity to serve men in Australia,” he added.