Amazon said Tuesday that its telemedicine service, Amazon Care, is going nationwide.
Amazon Care began in 2019 as a test program for employees in Seattle. The service offers virtual care, free telemedicine consultations, and nurse in-home testing and vaccines for a charge. It is now more of a primary care service.
Teladoc, a provider of virtual doctor visits, slumped 6% Tuesday.
Also, Amazon is expanding in-person care to other US cities. It hopes to start in 20 locations this year, including New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. Amazon Care offers in-person services in eight cities.
Amazon says the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for in-home care, both online and physically. Amazon Care hopes its mix of virtual care and “a novel approach to in-person care” will entice employers away from competitors.