Amazon Acquires One Medical: Transforming Healthcare at Just $8 a Month

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Amazon is now a healthcare provider thanks to a $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical!

Great news, Amazon Prime members! You can now join One Medical for just $99 for the first year (usually $199), which works out to just $8.25 per month! This special offer is exclusively available to new One Medical customers in the US.

We’ve all experienced the hassle of seeking healthcare – the appointments, waiting rooms, and pharmacy visits. It’s not fun, especially when you’re feeling under the weather.

But Amazon has a game-changing solution! With their recent acquisition of One Medical, they’re making healthcare more convenient and affordable. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy believes that this partnership will transform the way we access healthcare, making it easier for everyone to stay healthy.

man looking at One Medical app on his phone

What is One Medical?

One Medical works with most insurance providers to offer primary care and clinical services like in-office and 24/7 virtual care, on-site labs, programs for preventive care, chronic care management, treatment of common illnesses, and mental health services, too. They can help to expedite the process of getting in to see a specialist, as well.

With One Medical, you can connect with clinicians 24/7 via video chat or messaging if you’d prefer. You can also choose to make an appointment to visit any of One Medical’s offices in select cities. When you need a prescription, you can choose to have it delivered to your door by Amazon Pharmacy or get filled in person anywhere that’s convenient for you.

3 bottles of prescription medication from Amazon

Amazon’s partnership with One Medical isn’t its first entry into the healthcare arena.

Amazon has been gaining momentum in the healthcare industry for a while now. It started with Amazon Pharmacy, which is a prescription delivery service. Then they added RxPass, which (for $5/month) lets Prime members get as many medications as they need from a list of 60 commonly prescribed medications.

Amazon also recently launched Amazon Clinic, which offers a convenient way to get remote medical advice and treatment for over 20 common conditions by messaging with a clinician.

Now, Amazon owns and operates a chain of 200+ medical offices in 20+ cities across the US. It’s also worth mentioning that they will now have access to the health information of One Medical’s patients. When combined with everything else Amazon knows about them (like their shopping and streaming habits), that could be very powerful information.

With the current state of healthcare in the US, some would argue that any disruption to the industry could bring about real change and may end up being a blessing. Especially if it truly makes healthcare more accessible and affordable for everyone who needs it.

If you’re curious about Amazon’s new role as a healthcare provider, you can read more about One Medical here and see if a program like this would be a good fit for your own personal healthcare needs.

Here’s how Amazon RxPass may be able to get you all your prescription meds for just $5/month!

About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 15

  1. Sallie

    Amazon wants to get into big pharma. So, they can control the world

  2. Taryn

    I’m a bit confused – what are you actually paying for? It’s not insurance and you would still need to pay for prescriptions, so….what is this, exactly?

    • carol

      i have the exact same question…researching it now so I can see why I would use it

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Taryn! I found this on the Q&A when clicking through – “One Medical offers same and next-day in-office or remote visits, seamlessly paired with 24/7 on-demand virtual care services through the One Medical mobile or web app, allowing members to seek care when and where it’s most convenient to them. One Medical is designed to better serve the needs of its patients and providers, including through thoughtfully designed and welcoming offices across the U.S., appointments that start on-time, more appointment time with providers, and onsite labs. One Medical provides a comprehensive and human-centered primary care experience, including preventive and everyday health visits, chronic care management, pediatric and mental health services in a growing number of locations, and more. Members enjoy access to 24/7/365 virtual care services through the One Medical app, which allows them to continue their care from the comfort of home or on the go, whether it’s for acute needs at odd-hours, or to simply manage follow-up needs and prescription renewals.” Hoping this might help clarify some of the features of this program. ❤️

  3. carol

    i have the exact same question…researching it now so I can see why I would use it and it appears to be a virtual primary care situation where you are paying for a pcp that you can see on demand etc….it might be worth trying it out if you are in their care market and your insurance accepts the billing from these virtual care providers….i am not in their coverage area tho

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Carol! It does look like on-demand virtual visits are one benefit, but also in-person appointments that start on time. You can see a bit more on the details in the response above, or contact One Medical through their website or the app with any additional questions. Hoping it might become available near you soon! 🤞💕

  4. Michelle

    I wonder if this would beneficial for my husband and I that travel to Wisconsin, and stay for months at a time but dont have out of state health care?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Michelle! I did find this for you in the Q&A – “One Medical members and patients can book appointments at any of the many thoughtfully designed and welcoming offices across the U.S. For your convenience, we recommend checking with One Medical’s office prior to making an appointment to ensure your insurance plan is accepted at the office you plan to visit, as this may vary based on location.” You might try contacting them directly through their site or app to for any specific questions and to find out if this is a good option for you and your family! ❤️

  5. ToriSC

    Given I had a coworker’s doctor office tell her “they don’t take sick people” when she wanted to get a strep test, I’m not surprised.

  6. Amirah

    Is this the same cost if I don’t have insurance?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question. 💕 It seems that may vary based on if you qualify for Member Financial Assistance. You can find more details on that over here. 🤗

  7. Marinova

    10 years ago people looked at me sideways when I told them I bought nonperishable food on Amazon. This time it’s my turn. I draw the line here. Amazon can’t even keep scammers from hacking peoples accounts, and they think they’re gonna take care of my personal health information? It’s probably another bait and switch – like Prime Video. I was PAYING because I didn’t want ads…now I have to pay an EXTRA cost for no ads?! Make no mistake, folks. This “service” will rapidly turn into you seeing an AI “physician” and getting HORRIBLE care/advice/treatment.

  8. Laura

    $99/12 months = $8.24 per month

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Whoops! Thanks for catching that! Just updated. 🤗

  9. Jan

    You have heard of Big Pharma? Well, this is Big Corp primary care. If you were good with how the pandemic went down, then this may be the coverage for you. If you didn’t buy into the pandemic narrative, this is not the plan for you. If you are concerned about your medical privacy, again not the plan for you. If you want an independent medical professional to treat you on an individual basis, again not for you. Also, keep in mind that insurance plans are required to cover preventive care and emergency care and in most cases covers telemedicine and in office visits.

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