COSTCO has announced plans to enter the healthcare sector.
The department store is now offering digital health checks at an incredibly affordable price.
The new offering is a collaboration between Costco and Sesame, a first-of-its-kind healthcare marketplace that connects healthcare providers directly with consumers.
Most Sesame customers are either uninsured or have high-deductible plans.
The company has built its model to provide affordable services to individuals who prefer to pay in cash.
Now Costco members nationwide can book health visits through their memberships.
Primary care screenings start at just $29.
Comprehensive exams, which can include a standard lab consultation and follow-up exam, are available for just $72.
Mental health therapy appointments are offered for $79.
The Costco Pharmacy website lists the new options on the homepage.
Appointments can be made on the same day without waiting times.
Thousands of providers, including nurses and doctors, are available to choose from.
Customers also have the opportunity to leave reviews, helping others make informed decisions about their healthcare.
“Quality, value and low prices are what the Costco brand is known for,” Sesame co-founder and CEO David Goldhill said in a statement.
“When it comes to health care, Sesame also delivers high quality and value – and a low price that Costco will appreciate.”
“Members when it comes to their own care,” he added.
Customers responded to the news in a social media post announcing the new partnership.
“Impressively!” One person commented in the comments section.
“Your one-stop shop now includes doctor visits,” exclaimed another.
“Health care should be free,” emphasized one.
Costco is one of many retailers getting involved in the healthcare sector.
Amazon, CVS and Walmart have also tapped into this space with their own medical care offerings.
In addition to the new program through Sesame, Costco already operates pharmacies and offers vision care and hearing aids.
Costco has around 125 million cardholders worldwide, bringing a large pool of potential patients to Sesame.