Amazon is lowering the cost of health care plan for Prime members to $9 a month


Amazon is lowering the price of a One Medical membership for Amazon Prime subscribers, shaving $100 off the annual fee to $99 a year. The move is the latest effort by the e-commerce company to blend its chain of medical offices with its retail services.

Amazon already operates an online pharmacy and a telehealth service called Amazon Clinic that uses third-party medical providers to help treat less serious conditions, such as pinkeye. It also tests one more service drop medicine on your pharmacy patients doorstep via drone in an hour or less.

A Prime subscription costs $139 per year and also offers streaming services and faster shipping.

“The new Prime One Medical membership benefit covers unlimited access to 24/7 on-demand virtual care, including video chat with licensed providers within minutes,” Amazon said in announcing the discount in a blog post on Wednesday. “Virtual Care is available nationally and members incur no additional cost for on-demand virtual care services.”

Amazon bought One Medical for around DKK 3.9 billion in an agreement finalized in February. The boutique clinic operates clinics in 19 major U.S. cities, but its telehealth business offers virtual services.

One of Amazon’s larger acquisitions, it followed the company’s 13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods in 2017 and its 8.5 billion purchase of the Hollywood studio MGMwhich closed last year.


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