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Oscar Health bets on virtual primary care

The coronavirus pandemic has driven interest in telehealth among patients and physicians like never before. Oscar Health is betting that the appetite for virtual care is here to stay.

The New York-based health insurance startup said Thursday that it will offer individual and family plan members in certain states a new option to receive all primary care services virtually, beginning in 2021.

Just like at a brick-and-mortar primary care practice, members who choose the option will see the same care team during each virtual visit. Each primary care visit, as well as generic and low-cost brand name prescription drugs, labs, and diagnostic imaging orders and the first specialist visits will cost the member nothing out of pocket. The option will be offered on all of Oscar’s health plans in areas of California, Florida, New York and Texas.

“The idea is that members will develop long-term relationships with clinicians that get

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Walgreens to open 500 to 700 in-store clinics with primary care doctors in deal with VillageMD

The doctor will see you now … at Walgreens.

Walgreens plans to staff 500 to 700 of its stores with primary care doctors in the next five years in a partnership with medical services provider VillageMD.

The company, which has nearly 9,300 locations in the U.S., announced the plan Wednesday morning, saying it would also invest in VillageMD.

It will open the primary care clinics under the brand Village Medical at Walgreens. The clinics will be spread out among more than 30 markets, with more than half located in locations that are underserved by medical professionals.

The move marks the latest evolution in the drug store sector’s pivot away from retail floor space toward more healthcare services.

Walgreens’ archrival, CVS, has invested in its own in-store clinical services brand called MinuteClinic, which is offered at about 1,100 locations. CVS is also opening up to 1,500 HealthHUB locations that will include

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