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Amazon Adds a New Item: Virtual Healthcare

Amazon Adds a New Item: Virtual Healthcare

Amazon is attempting to revolutionize healthcare for its Prime members by introducing a new service that offers virtual healthcare for just $9 a month.

The announcement coincides with Amazon’s recent $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical, a primary care provider with offices in over 20 markets.

The Prime One Medical membership program ensures around-the-clock virtual connectivity with care providers, featuring video chats and options for in-person visits at One Medical locations. While the membership fee covers virtual visit costs, in-person consultations at One Medical offices will require separate payment, with insurance applicable for those visits.

Virtual healthcare, which saw a surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to be a convenient option for managing minor health issues and routine doctor consultations. However, the growing reliance on telemedicine has raised concerns among some healthcare professionals about care fragmentation and the challenges in monitoring a patient’s overall health, especially if information about virtual consultations is not shared with their primary care physicians.

Amazon’s entry into the virtual healthcare market not only underscores the demand for accessible and affordable healthcare solutions, but also highlights the ongoing evolution of healthcare delivery in the digital age. As the company forges ahead in blending technology with healthcare, it sets a new precedent in how consumers can access medical services.

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