Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Apple is giving its employees their own health clinic

Apple is giving its employees their own health clinic

The move comes following Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) plans to team up with Warren Buffet and JP Morgan (LON: JMC) to create a company that helps their USA employees find quality care "at a reasonable cost".

The site describes AC Wellness an "independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population" and set this spring for the planned launch.

"AC Wellness Network believes that having trusting, accessible relationships with our patients, enabled by technology, promotes high-quality care and a unique patient experience", the company said on their website. One will be built inside its "spaceship" Apple Park headquarters, while the other will be located just north it. There are very few companies with the means to launch their own private medical systems, so it's not surprising that among the first to do it are Amazon and Apple. It is also seeking a more direct involvement by expanding efforts to provide hospitals with medical supplies.

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Apple is not the only one striving to provide better medical care to its employees.

Apple has already made investments into healthcare with its ResearchKit and HealthKit tools to track personal health. A website for the venture is already up. These sources also said that Apple will use the centers as a testing ground for its upcoming health and wellness products prior to large-scale consumer rollout, and that the company notified third-party vendors this week about its upcoming health clinics. Roughly 69 million workers reportedly take sick days each year due to various health problems, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that economic output drops by $260 billion per year because of this.

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