Boost Mobile has announced that it will offer free health care services to the subscribers of its Unlimited Plus plan. Subscribers of the $60 per month plan, as well as their immediate families, will receive free 24/7 access to remote health services via the K Health app.
New York-based K Health is a text-based telehealth and virtual primary care startup. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify symptoms and potential ailments based on users’ health concerns. The service usually costs $9 per month and also offers video calls with live doctors who can view the information already submitted by the patient and take up the matter from there.
If necessary, they will prescribe medications, order lab tests, or provide referrals to specialists. A monthly K Health subscription also includes a drug discount card and unlimited virtual doctor visits.
Boost Mobile will now offer all these services to its Unlimited Plus subscribers and their families at no additional cost. This $60 per month plan comes with 35GB of 4G LTE data, 30GB of mobile hotspot data, and unlimited talk and text.
K Health’s telemedicine services will also be available to other Boost Mobile subscribers at a discounted price of $7.99 per month. This add-on will go live early this summer. You can sign up get access to the service first on the company’s website.
Boost Mobile is the first wireless provider to offer free health care services
Health care services in the US are quite expensive and many people can’t afford them. According to a recent survey, nearly three out of 10 Americans lost their health insurance in 2020. Half of those people haven’t renewed their health insurance this year. Moreover, two-thirds of Americans are concerned about their ability to pay medical expenses in 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic uncertainty.
The use of telehealth services has significantly increased during the ongoing pandemic. However, many low-income people can’t afford those services. Boost Mobile has a large percentage of low-income customers as well. The ongoing global health crisis may have affected many of them. The company is now trying to bring them discounted telehealth services in partnership with K Health. Apparently, it’s the first US wireless provider to offer free health care services bundled with its mobile plans.
“Boost Mobile customers are disproportionately affected by rising health care costs,” said Stephen Stokols, CEO, Boost Mobile. “Boost Mobile is bridging the gap by providing affordable wireless access, and now we want to expand those efforts to address the health care divide.”