Virtual Healthcare — Amazon Gives it Another Shot

Amazon has made several attempts to get into insurance. It’s a big surprise since Amazon shut down its virtual healthcare service a year ago. That was the partnership it created with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan.

While it bombed, Amazon’s braintrust hasn’t given up on the idea of providing medical care for its users. A year ago Amazon purchased One Medical for $3.9 billion. One Medical has offices in more than 20 markets.

Amazon is now launching a virtual healthcare service for Prime members. It’s cheap, too. Just $9 a month or $99 a year. The virtual healthcare comes on top of an announcement in August of the setting up of video telemedicine in all 50 states via a virtual clinic it established last year.

Through the new service, Prime One Medical membership patients will be able to connect with providers virtually 24/7. It also has video chats and — if a patient is in a city where One Medical has a clinic — an in-person can be arranged.

The $9 a month or $99 a year covers all virtual visits. If a visit to One Medical is needed then that’s on the patient’s insurance plan or the cost will come out of their pocket.

Source link: Insurance Business America —

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