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Amazon Acquires Medical Services Company, Acquiring Over 700,000 Members

Amazon Acquires Medical Services Company, Acquiring Over 700,000 Members
Amazon Acquires Medical Services Company, Acquiring Over 700,000 Members
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Amazon.com will acquire One Medical, a membership-based medical service, for a total of about US $ 3.9 billion (about 537 billion yen). It was revealed on July 21, 2022 (US time). The aim is to expand the scale of the healthcare business.

 Amazon acquired PillPack, an online sales company for prescription drugs, in 2018, and started an online pharmacy service in 2020. In 2019, it is focusing on the healthcare field, such as developing the healthcare service “Amazon Care”. This acquisition is in this process.

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Amazon Acquires Medical Services Company, Acquiring Over 700,000 Members

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One Medical provides a healthcare service called “primary care”. It serves as a contact point for patients to consult with clinicians about various health and medical matters, and to introduce appropriate treatments and specialists according to their condition. In the United States, in the case of injury or illness, it is common to first consult primary care and build a continuous relationship with the patient. It is close to a “family doctor” in Japan.

 One Medical’s service is to get primary care faster and easier. For example, you can make an appointment for primary care on the same day or the next day. In addition, they will be able to contact the care team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Traditional primary care can take days to book or can’t be reached at night. Users pay US $ 199 a year to use the services offered by One Medical.

 Amazon Care is also a healthcare service similar to One Medical. Originally, Amazon started the service for employees in September 2019, and since February 2022, it has been providing the service to the general public in earnest. You can use the smartphone app to talk to healthcare professionals about your health and illness by chatting messages and videos. If it is determined that face-to-face medical care is necessary, they will make an appointment with a medical institution. In addition to providing remote services nationwide, it also offers face-to-face services in eight cities in the United States (as of February 2022). The company plans to expand the scope of face-to-face services to more than 20 cities within the same year.

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