Doctor-booking site ZocDoc adds ex-senators to its board

Medical appointment booking site ZocDoc announced Wednesday that it has added former Senators Tom Daschle and Dr. Bill Frist to its advisory board.

ZocDoc helps patients find doctors who accept their insurance, and then directly books medical appointments from the ZocDoc site. Doctors show available time slots and patients can choose their appointment times without even needing to pick up the phone. Patients can also rate their doctor based on wait time, bedside manner and professionalism. The site is designed to make the entire process of seeing a doctor as painless as possible.

“Senators Daschle and Frist are among the most influential leaders in healthcare and government, and they each have a long history of building consensus from both parties to affect change,” co-founder and CEO of ZocDoc Cyrus Massoumi said in a statement. “We are honored to work with them to develop the high-level partnerships we need to bring better access to medical care to patients everywhere.”

Both senators have decades of medical and healthcare policy experience under their collective belt, BetaBeat reports. In addition to their specific medical knowledge, Sen. Daschle is a democrat and Sen. Frist a republican, so both bring their differing political views to the table. Adding politicians from both sides of the political spectrum to its advisory board is a smart move for ZocDoc, especially since healthcare is one of the most hotly debated political topics in Washington today.

As of the beginning of 2012, ZocDoc serves 13 metropolitan areas including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. In 2011 alone, ZocDoc reported a whopping $75 million in funding; $50 million from DST Global and $25 million from Goldman Sachs.