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The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Amazon Prime Day

As a healthcare pro, you know you’re often too busy to shop in-person deals, no matter how eager you are to save on essentials for work.

Well, next week is a perfect time to do just that without leaving the comfort of your home thanks to Amazon’s longest-ever Prime Day sale. For 48 hours on July 15 and 16, Amazon will cut prices on hundreds of items, and the products you need—from medical gloves to medical podcasts—are no exception.

How to Shop on Amazon Prime Day

First things first. To access Prime Day deals, you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership. Subscriptions cost $12.99 a month or $119 a year, and you can try one out for free with a 30-day trial. For students, the freebie extends for 6 months. After that, they get a discounted rate of $6.49 a month.

Keep in mind that Prime Day offers come in a few varieties, and most require you to act fast! Some early deals are available now, and others will be announced in the lead-up to July 15.

Amazon will also launch offers throughout the sale that are time-limited or while supplies last. Luckily, you can keep track of all these savings by setting up alerts to notify you when they go live. 

Healthcare Items to Shop on Prime Day

Now that you know how Prime Day works, what should you buy? There will be hundreds of healthcare-related items on sale, and we’re guessing you don’t have time to browse through them all. Sticking to a few key categories will help you maximize savings and minimize time away from the people who need your care.

The essentials: Buying everyday items in bulk will be even more cost-effective with Prime Day discounts. Disposable gowns, hair and shoe covers, medical gloves, bandages and sports tape are often featured in Amazon’s daily deals, and there are sure to be extra price cuts next week. You can also stock up on office supplies, paper towels, toilet paper and hospital grade cleaning products for up to 20 percent off. Amazon’s hefty stock of scrubs, sneakers and clogs, compression socks, pen lights and badge reels could also see substantial price cuts.

Products for you and your patients: Some deals are great for caregivers and those receiving care alike. Some medical equipment is already on sale ahead of Prime Day—including up to 20 percent off mobility and living aides like toilet seat risers, folding chairs and walkers. User-friendly diabetes care, compression products and braces are also usually discounted. For those looking to step up their wellness game, vitamins and supplements are up to 30 percent off.

Specialty equipment: Amazon sells a wide range of specialized medical tools, and any of them could go on sale for Prime Day. So if you’re in need of a new oximeter or otoscope, browse same-day deals and remember to set an alert! 

Technology and books: Buying a speedy new laptop to get your CEs done faster definitely counts as shopping for work. Prime Day’s biggest deals are always on electronics, and some of this year’s door-busters are already live — including $200 off MacBook Airs and $100 off Amazon’s Fire TV Recast. You can also update your reference library with deals on textbooks or listen to your favorite health and wellness podcasts and e-books with 66 percent off your first three months of Audible

A pro tip for shopping this category: Don’t commit to Amazon’s prices before checking out the counter-sales that Walmart, eBay, Best Buy and others are likely to host at the same time.

One Last Thing…

What’s even better than scoring dozens of deals on healthcare products? Using a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account to do it! Amazon began accepting FSAs and HSAs as payment methods in the spring, and they have a comprehensive list of eligible items to help guide you and your patients to even more savings at checkout.

Happy Prime Day deal-hunting!

Last updated on 10/8/19.

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