The cost of a psychiatrist visit with OneMedical will be the One Amazon membership fee of $199 plus the cost to see your psychiatrist, which can range between $150 and $500 per session. One Medical is a membership-based primary care practice that Amazon owns. The company has no employed psychiatrists and can only refer you to an outside specialist.
Factors that May Influence the Cost of Your Psychiatrist Visit
Being that One Medical is a membership-based primary care practice, they can not offer direct visits with psychiatrists through their company. However, they can offer providers trained to address physical and mental health needs or referrals to appropriate specialists, such as a psychiatrist. One Medical provides video chat and virtual visit options. Video chat provides on-demand and urgent care to users 24/7 for no additional cost. Video visits are recommended for everyday health concerns or if you need guidance on the next steps for seeking care.
One Medicalʻs remote visits are best suited for non-urgent matters that a doctor would handle during regular operating hours. During these remote visits with a provider, you can discuss mental health topics such as:
- Agitation, irritability, or frustrated mood
- Alcohol abuse or misuse
- Attention deficit disorder
- Depression or feeling sad
- Grief and survivorship
- Quitting smoking
- Relationship problems
- Sleepless nights
- Stress management
- Substance abuse (alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs)
- Trouble focusing or winding down
The website lists that they can prescribe medications for mental health issues, such as a psychiatrist would. Specifically, they state, "all of our primary care providers are qualified to prescribe medication when appropriate and manage dosing as needed.” This may be essential to getting the mental health therapy you seek. However, if your situation is complex or outside the provider's expertise, you will likely be referred to a psychiatrist during this visit.
You may also see this primary care provider in person, where you can discuss your mental health concerns. So long as you have a One Medical membership AND One Medical doctor listed as your primary care provider, these visits will likely come at no extra cost to you (co-pays may be applicable sometimes). So long as you have One Medical doctor, you can be seen by any One Medical provider in your city and elsewhere.
If you use One Medical to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor that is not affiliated with One Medical, you can expect to pay the costs of your visit. If you visit a doctor in your network, you will pay less than a doctor outside your network. You must clarify with your One Medical representative and your insurance plan to know what the out-of-pocket costs will be for you. Do this before your appointment to avoid surprise medical bills.
Your insurance status will play the most significant role in the cost of your psychiatrist visit. If you do not have insurance or see a psychiatrist out of your network, you will pay for your visit out-of-pocket. The average out-of-pocket psychiatrist ranges between $150-$500 per session. This range is influenced by the city you live in, the specialist you see, and the type of appointment (initial consultation vs. follow-up).
Average Out-of-Pocket (OOP) Psychiatrist Costs in Major Cities
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If your insurance requires a referral, then your first fee will be associated with seeing your primary care physician. As mentioned above, you will likely pay a marginal amount if you receive a referral through a One Medical physician. If your insurance does not require a referral, you can call a psychiatrist and schedule an appointment directly with your preferred physician.
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Some additional factors that will impact the cost of a psychiatrist visit include your location, the credentials of your psychiatrist, the number of appointments you have with them, and if any prescription medication is necessary and their associated costs. If you have a One Medical membership, have seen a psychiatrist, and received a prescription, One Medical will assist in ordering the prescription to a convenient lab. However, you will be responsible for your insurance's set copay prescription amount.
Free and Low-Cost Alternatives
Many mental health practices will offer sliding-scale payment plans, but the cost of psychiatric care can still be expensive. This Mira article offers some options for free and low-cost alternatives for your psychiatry visit.
OneMedicalʻs mission is to “make getting quality care more affordable, accessible, and enjoyable for all through a blend of human-centered design, technology, and an exceptional team.” It is membership-based, meaning that it is not health insurance but rather a supplement to one. The company website lists the following as the primary services they provide:
- 24/7 access through the One Medical app
- 24/7 video chats and in-app messaging
- Same and next-day in-office or remote visits
- Thoughtfully designed and welcoming One Medical office
- Walk-in availability for on-site laboratory services
The One Medical membership supports the company's technology. This technology includes unlimited video chats and their Treat Me Now service, a 24/7 app-based virtual care that covers colds, flu, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and common skin issues (rash, mole, acne, etc.). These two services are free if you pay the $199 annual membership fee.
Cost of a Psychiatrist Appointment with OneMedical Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What Exactly Is Primary Care?
Primary care focuses on prevention. The practice focuses on the early identification of health problems through screening and direct care but also on implementing positive wellness habits and treating common illnesses. Primary care professionals often maintain long-term relationships with you and advise and treat you on various health-related issues.
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How Do I Know Which Providers Are In My Network?
Many insurance companies will have their in-network providers listed on their websites. If it is not listed or not clear, call your insurance representative. The specific type of insurance plan (HMO, PPO, etc.) will play a role in the flexibility of your network. This Mira article outlines the different types of insurance plans and their main characteristics.
The cost of a psychiatrist visit with One Medical is, at the very least, $199, the cost of the One Medical membership. The company does not offer psychiatry visits through their physicians as they have none. They can assist with referrals to specialists such as psychiatrists, but you will be responsible for the costs incurred. Your insurance status, your insurance's coverage, geographical location, and the number of appointments needed influence these additional costs.
Kendra Bean is from Maui, Hawaiʻi. She is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, specializing in Epidemiology. She is passionate about improving health literacy and access to care, specifically in rural areas.