RPT Amazon launches virtual healthcare clinic in U.S. for common ailments

November 15 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) on Tuesday launched the Amazon Clinic, a virtual platform where users can connect with healthcare providers to help treat common conditions such as allergies and skin conditions.

Amazon has been looking for years to expand its presence in the healthcare sector, where it is a small player. He bought online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, underpinning a prescription delivery and price comparison site he later launched as Amazon Pharmacy, which allows users to buy drugs on arrangement.

Amazon said its new service will work in 32 states, where customers seeking treatment will be connected with healthcare providers. The service does not include health insurance and prices will vary between providers, he added.

The online retailer first piloted virtual care visits for its own staff in Seattle in 2019 before offering services to other employers under the Amazon Care brand, which it now plans to close by end of this year. Read more

The company is also waiting to complete its $3.49 billion deal to buy One Medical, as it seeks to expand its virtual healthcare presence and add physical doctors’ offices for the first time. Read more

Amazon shares rose about 1% in trading before the bell.

Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam, Eva Mathews and Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Dhanya Ann Thoppil

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