Amazon introduces new health care benefit

Amazon announced a new Prime membership benefit that brings “high-quality” care from One Medical, the primary care provider it acquired last year for $3.9 billion.

The One Medical membership covers unlimited access to 24/7 on-demand virtual care, including video chats with licensed providers, and an easy in-app “Treat Me Now” feature that lets members get fast care for common concerns like cold and flu, skin issues, allergies, urinary tract infections, and more. Virtual care is available nationally, and members don’t incur any additional costs for on-demand virtual care services—it’s all covered by the membership.

Prime members will be able to sign up for One Medical at a rate of $9 per month, or $99 a year, vs. the standard cost of $199 annually, or $16.59 a month. Prime members can add up to five additional memberships, each costing $6 a month or $66 annually.

“When it is easier for people to get the care they need, they engage more in their health and realize better health outcomes. That’s why we are bringing One Medical’s exceptional experience to Prime members—it’s health care that makes it dramatically easier to get and stay healthy.” – Neil Lindsay, senior vice president, Amazon Health Services.