One Medical Raises $65 Million to Expand “Concierge” Doctor Network
Does your health plan make you feel like a second class citizen, languishing in a doctor’s crowded waiting room? Technology startups are trying to cure such doldrums—not by competing with medical insurance companies, but by offering add-on services they claim will make health care more effective or convenient.
One of the startups making that pitch, San Francisco-based One Medical Group, announced today it raised $65 million to expand its national network of primary care doctors and to further develop the digital technologies that enhance their services. Individual patients who each pay a $149 annual membership fee to One Medical can make same-day appointments online, see a physician in the evening or on weekends, consult their doctors by phone or e-mail, and use a mobile device camera to send in photos of routine skin irritations.