Costco members now have access to $29 online health care visits



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Costco is now offering online health screenings to members for as little as $29.

The retailer is offering the new service in partnership with Sesame, a direct-to-consumer health care marketplace that connects medical providers to consumers across the country.

Costco members can book health care visits directly through their membership in all 50 states starting Monday, Sesame said in a release.

The New York-based company said its platform does not accept health insurance because it primarily serves uninsured Americans and those with high-deductible plans who prefer to pay cash for their health care. It said its model helps keep the prices of services low for its users.

Services listed on Costco Pharmacy’s homepage include virtual primary care visits for $29, health screenings (a standard lab panel and a virtual follow-up consultation with a provider) for just $72, and online mental health visits for $79.

“The Costco brand is known for quality, great value and low prices,” David Goldhill, co-founder and CEO of Sesame, said in a statement. “When it comes to health care, Sesame also offers high quality and great value – and low prices that Costco members will appreciate when it comes to their self-care.”

Costco is one of many retailers that is providing health care directly to customers as demand for urgent care outside the traditional hospital setting grows.

Amazon announced in August that its virtual clinic is now available nationwide as well. Amazon Clinics launched last November, offering 24/7 access to third-party health care providers directly on Amazon’s website and mobile app.

Amazon customers, through Clinic, can access telehealth treatments for dozens of common conditions such as pink eye, urinary tract infections and hair loss, the retailer said.

Other retailers from CVS to Walgreens to Walmart have taken similar steps.

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