Amazon’s announcement this week that it would acquire One Medical, a primary care provider, for $3.9 billion — its largest acquisition to date — was for many Americans likely just another item on the ever-expanding news ticker tape. But an acquisition of a primary care company of this size by a tech giant like Amazon should be taken seriously because of its massive implications for the future of primary care, health care delivery, and health equity.
One Medical is a membership-based (members pay $199/ year) primary care company that currently cares for nearly 800,000 people. The company’s medical offices are strategically placed near where people work, and members can use apps and other technology to track their health and book their appointments. The company operates across the country, but for now mostly in large urban centers.