Babylon Health cautious about UK expansion

Babylon Health’s CEO Dr Ali Parsa has said that the company needs to be “very cautious” about expanding its business in the UK as it loses money on every patient. The comments were made at an ‘Ask The CEO’ event for investors in late May. 

Dr Parsa said the company is paid for one or two visits per year to a GP for the age cohort registered with its service, but “in reality, people use us six to seven times a year and we actually lose money on every member that comes in”.

Dr Parsa also said the company is ‘overwhelmed with demand’ for GP services in the UK. 

Babylon Health provides digital-first primary care services in the UK as GP at Hand and in August 2021 was the first practice in England to register more than 100,000 patients on a single list.

Patients can access video consultations or see a GP in person at one of Babylon’s practices in London, where more than 90% of its patients are based. The company had seven practices in London, but despite the emphasis on digital-first and video consultations, there has been a big rise in demand for face-to-face consultations, forcing the company to open two new clinics in London – the Victoria-based Dean Farrar Street clinic opened in May, and Drummond Street clinic will open in Euston in June. GP at Hand also has a clinic in Birmingham. 

Full story in The Lowdown, 7 June 2022

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