The pandemic has really pushed telemedicine as the first stop before heading to the hospital. This option is especially helpful for people with limited mobility or those who are faced with an illness and/or health condition and are not sure that require a trip to the doctor.
The Amazon Clinic website was launched in December. It starts with a selection of the most common diseases that can be managed with the help of a virtual health worker.
You fill out an admission form, which may include several photos, to begin the process.
From there, a licensed clinician can prescribe medications and tell you how to treat your condition, including whether you should physically see a doctor. According to Amazon, a process that can save you money and a lot of time.
“Whether you are calling, trying to make an appointment, waiting in the waiting room, getting rescheduled to be there, driving back and forth, telehealth is designed to make this whole process easier so it can be more convenient. because more convenient care means more affordable care,” said Dr. Nvorah Ayogu, Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Amazon Clinic.
Here’s what you should know:
- Amazon Clinic does not accept health insurance, but some providers may reimburse you, so check your policy first. It is not intended for those who receive coverage from federal or state health insurance providers such as Medi-Cal.
- You will know in advance how much the consultation will cost in order to avoid surprises.
- To use this service, you must be between 18 and 64 years of age.
- You are not required to use Amazon Pharmacy for any prescriptions you may receive from Amazon Clinic.