Originally published May 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm Updated May 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm
Seattle startup 98point6 will charge $20 for the first year of its virtual primary care service. After that, the price increases to $120 a year.
Getting a prescription for antibiotics or cold medicine could be just a few text messages away, if Seattle startup 98point6 has anything to say about it. The company announced Tuesday it is expanding its virtual primary care service to adults nationwide this year, after testing in Washington state for the past year. It raised nearly $20 million last fall to expand across the country. 98point6, co-founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Robbie Cape, is trying to change how the U.S. approaches basic health care by making it easier for people to talk to a doctor without visiting an office — whether the patient has insurance or not. The company developed an app that allows those over 18 years old to answer a few questions — managed by the company’s artificial intelligence technology — and then get connected via chat to a licensed primary care doctor. Those doctors are full-time staff of the startup and will chat via text with the patient to understand symptoms, then write a presciption, order lab tests or refer them to a specialist for next steps.