NYC: Meet the First Tia Clinic
Sex-positive female healthcare where you run the show.
New York City is the epicenter of some of the best medical care in the world. Need a heart transplant? You are in great hands at New York-Presbyterian. Knee surgery? You’ve got loads of top-notch orthopedic surgeons. An oncologist? Pick your favorite world renowned cancer specialist from Weill Cornell, Mount Sinai or Columbia. Yet, when it comes to core, preventive women’s healthcare, the options are lacking — shockingly so in a city with the largest population of young women in the country.
According to the 2017 Merritt Hawkins report on physician wait times, the average wait time for a new patient “well-woman exam” in New York City was 19 days with a gynecologist and 26 days with a primary care provider last year. Anecdotally however, we hear stories from Tia users of multi-month-long waitlists. Yes, you read that correctly. Not a waitlist for a new restaurant, but for a preventive healthcare service that every woman needs every year and is 100% covered (without copay) by law under the Affordable Care Act.
While such access barriers to women’s healthcare is *bonkers* in a world of on-demand everything, inconvenience is only part of the problem. For many women, the decision of what provider to go to comes down to a trifecta of tradeoffs between quality, convenience, and insurance coverage. In the words of Tia App users:
“My friend gave her gynecologist rave reviews… but when I called to book an appointment, I found out there was a three month waitlist.”
“I finally found a gynecologist I liked! But then I switched jobs and found out she doesn’t accept my new insurance. Do I pay cash or go somewhere else?”
“Yes, I can get birth control pills from my PCP, but I have more complex questions about my health that keep me up at night. I want a doctor that is specialized in female health, and with whom I can have a real relationship.”
At Tia, we believe that women should have it all — that we shouldn’t have to choose between convenience, care quality, and cost.
… that the healthcare system should be designed to serve our needs — and not the other way around.
… that we should have one place to go for all things female health. Because as women, we know it’s all connected.
… that we should have access to multiple tools, practitioners and modalities. And not have to “pick” between allopathic medicine and wellness.
… that we should own our own health data, and control with whom we share it.
… that we should be empowered to make independent and informed decisions for our own bodies and lives. And not be judged, patronized, or shut down at the doctor’s office.
Today, we are excited to announce that — by popular demand — we are opening our very first Tia Clinic in New York City.
As female founders who have both personally struggled to navigate the complex world of healthcare in NYC as young adults, we know all-too-well why women in New York are demanding something more and something better. We understand deeply, their desire for a healthcare system designed end-to-end and inside-and-out through the lens of the unique and beautiful female experience.
So, women of New York — meet the first Tia Clinic & join us as a Founding Member today.
It’s your long overdue “one-stop-shop” for female health with gynecology, primary care and wellness under one roof and one health record.
Where sex-positivity isn’t the exception, but the rule.
Where care quality is premium, but the price tags are not.
Where you run the show.
Because it’s 2018 and it’s time.
Carolyn & Felicity
Not in NYC, but still want to support the Tia mission? You can gift a Tia Clinic membership to a woman you love who deserves better healthcare. Shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.