Health care is a fifth of the economy. Everyone wants a piece, including Walmart, which just purchased a telemedicine company, MeMD, for an undisclosed sum. Walmart has increasingly added health care services to its original pharmacy business, including in-store clinics. At least with Walmart, health care probably is made more affordable.
Vida Health comes alive with a $110 million capital raise to support its business of offering apps to help manage chronic health conditions. It only competes with a hundred other companies offering the same low value crap, so you can understand why investors jumped at the chance to put more money in.
Collective Health aggregates $280 million in new financing to support its employer health benefits management business. The investors have lost their collective minds. The company serves employers with 300,000 members in 55 companies, so it is being valued at about $1000 a member for a commodity business.
R1 RCM, a vendor of provider revenue cycle management software and services, is paying a healthy $300 million to buy VisitPay, which helps patients figure out to pay what they owe for health care services.
The Healthy Skeptic is a website about the health care system, and is written by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements through Roche Consulting, LLC and may be reached at [email protected].