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One Medical: Why Amazon's Acquiring this Health Care Company for $3.9B

Yahoo! Finance

Amazon (AMZN) announced today that it would acquire subscription health care provider One Medical for $3.9 billion.

The deal marks one of Amazon’s most high-profile pushes into health care to date. So, why One Medical? To start, One Medical — which was founded in 2007 and focuses on so-called concierge primary care — was on the market. The company had reportedly been fielding takeover interest from giants like CVS (CVS).

One Medical’s $199 annual subscription offers 24/7 access to telehealth services, same-day appointments, and an app. The company had 188 U.S. locations and more than 750,000 members, as of a May filing. The company’s focus is on primary care and boasts virtually no wait times, and in its IPO filing expressed interest in moving into behavioral health. The Carlyle Group has been one of One Medical’s key investors, and is reportedly set to exit after Amazon’s acquisition.