Sam’s Club’s latest partnership is focused on making virtual primary care more accessible for its members. The Bentonville, Ark.-based club division of Walmart is partnering with telehealth provider 98point6 to bring members exclusive offerings on 98point6’s virtual clinic.
Through the partnership, Sam’s Club members with a Club or Plus membership can buy a quarterly subscription to 98point6 at an introductory rate of $20 per person for three months — a discount on the typical $30-per-person sign-up fee. Subscriptions include visits for $1 with unlimited use, offering access to board-certified doctors 24/7. After three months, the subscription will cost $33.50 every three months per participant.
“Offering access to telemedicine was on our roadmap in the pre-COVID world, but the current environment expedited the need for this service to be easily accessible, readily available and most of all, affordable,” said John McDowell, Sam’s Club vice president of pharmacy operations and divisional merchandise. “Through providing access to the 98point6 app in a pilot, we quickly realized that our members were eager to have mobile telehealth options and we wanted to provide this healthcare solution to all of our members as a standalone option.”
Sam’s Club noted that offering quarterly subscriptions rather than a yearly option is exclusive to its members. 98point6 doctors are able to diagnose and treat more than 400 common conditions, including rash, cough-cold, flu symptoms and seasonal allergies. They also can provide care, guidance and monitoring for such chronic conditions as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, depression and anxiety. They also can order any necessary prescriptions or labs required for treatment and diagnosis.