CAREFULLY READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE USING THE WEBSITES OR SERVICE. USING THE WEBSITES OR SERVICE INDICATES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THE SITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR IN CASE OF AN URGENT HEALTHCARE NEED.
(a) Electronic Agreement. This Agreement is an electronic contract that sets out the legally binding terms of your use of the Websites and your membership in the Service. This Agreement may be modified by PlushCare from time to time, and such modifications will be effective upon posting by PlushCare on the Websites. This Agreement incorporates by reference PlushCare’s Notice of Privacy Practices and any notices regarding the Websites or policies posted on the Websites. By accessing the Websites or becoming a Member, you accept this Agreement and agree to the terms, conditions and notices contained or referenced herein.
(b) Format of Agreement. By accessing the Websites or becoming a Member, you consent to have this Agreement provided to you in electronic form. You may request a non-electronic copy of this Agreement at any time. To receive a non-electronic copy of this Agreement, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or a letter and self-addressed stamped envelope to: PlushCare, 650 5th Street Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94107.
(c) Withdrawing Your Consent. You have the right at any time to withdraw your consent to have this Agreement provided to you in electronic form. To withdraw your consent, please send an email to [email protected] or a letter and self-addressed stamped envelope to: PlushCare, 650 5th Street Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94107. Should you choose to withdraw your consent to have this Agreement provided to you in electronic form, we will discontinue your then-current username and password, and you will not have the right to use the Service unless, and until, we issue you a new username and password. Your withdrawal of consent will not affect the legal validity or enforceability of the Agreement provided to, and electronically signed by, you prior to the effective date of your withdrawal.
Eligibility and Acknowledgment.
By using the Websites, you acknowledge and agree that (a) the Service is provided at the sole discretion of the By using the Websites, you acknowledge and agree that (a) the Service is provided at the sole discretion of the Providers; (b) the Service is limited to diagnosis and treatment of those non-emergent medical condition appropriate for diagnosis and treatment using email, telephone and/or telecommunications; (c) consistent with applicable state and federal law, PlushCare will retain your medical records as your primary care provider unless you object (by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or a letter and self-addressed stamped envelope to: PlushCare, 650 5th Street Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94107) and request PlushCare share your medical records with an alternative primary care provider (d) when accessing the Service you are physically present in the location you have indicated in your Account settings and you confirm that you are physically located in a state or jurisdiction in which PlushCare operates when you request to use the Service; (e) he Service may not be reimbursable by Medicare, Medicaid or any other government health care program, and you agree not to seek coverage for any Service that is not reimbursable by such programs; (f) the Service may not be reimbursable by commercial insurers, managed care organizations, preferred provider organizations or other payors, but you may separately from PlushCare seek reimbursement from any such payor for the cost of use of the Service (g) you are at least 18 years of age, or accompanied by a parent or guardian who can give informed consent on your behalf if you are under the age of 18 at the time of the consultation; and (h) if you are seeking services on behalf of a child, dependent or other person for whose medical care you are responsible, your approval of the terms of this Use Agreement will bind such other person to these terms.
Non-commercial Use by Members.
The Websites are for the personal use of individual Members only and may not be used in connection with any commercial endeavors. Organizations, companies, and/or businesses may not become Members and should not use the Service or the Websites for any purpose. Illegal and/or unauthorized uses of the Websites may be investigated, and appropriate legal action will be taken, including without limitation, civil, criminal, and injunctive action. Use of the Websites is with the permission of PlushCare, which may be revoked at any time, for any reason, in PlushCare’s sole discretion.
Charges on Your Billing Account.
(a) General. PlushCare bills you through an online account (your “Billing Account”) for use of the Service. You agree to pay PlushCare all charges at the prices then in effect for any use of the Service by you or other persons (including your agents) using your Billing Account, and you authorize PlushCare to charge your chosen payment provider (your “Payment Method”) for the Service. You agree to make payment using that selected Payment Method. PlushCare reserves the right to correct any errors or mistakes that it makes even if it has already requested or received payment.
(b) Current Information Required. You must provide current, complete and accurate information for your Billing Account. You must promptly update all information to keep your Billing Account current, complete and accurate (such as a change in billing address, credit card number, or credit card expiration date), and you must promptly notify PlushCare if your payment method is canceled (e.g., for loss or theft) or if you become aware of a potential breach of security, such as the unauthorized disclosure of your user name or password.
(c) Payment Method. The terms of your payment will be based on your Payment Method and may be determined by agreements between you and the financial institution, credit card issuer or other provider of your chosen Payment Method (the “Payment Method Provider”). If PlushCare does not receive payment from your Payment Method Provider, you agree to pay all amounts due on your Billing Account upon demand.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the username and password that you designate during the registration process, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your username and password. You agree to (a) immediately notify PlushCare of any unauthorized use of your username or password or any other breach of security related to your account, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. PlushCare will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this provision. You should use particular caution when accessing your account from a public or shared computer so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information. If you share your computer with others, you may wish to consider disabling any auto-sign in feature if you have linked your PlushCare account to any electronic mail service or other account.
Content on PlushCare Website.
PlushCare, Inc. owns and retains all proprietary rights in the Websites and the Service. The Website contains the copyrighted material, trademarks, and other proprietary information of Companies and their licensors. Except for that information which is in the public domain or for which you have been given written permission, you may not copy, modify, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any such proprietary information.
PlushCare reserves the right to investigate and terminate your membership if you have misused the Service, or behaved in a way which could be regarded as inappropriate or engaged in conduct that is unlawful or illegal. The following is a partial list of the type of actions that you may not engage in with respect to the Service:
• You will not express or imply that any statements you make are endorsed by PlushCare without our specific prior written consent.
• You will not use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, “data mine”, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Service or its contents.
• You will not post, distribute, remove or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior consent of the owner of such proprietary rights.
• You will not interfere with or disrupt the Service or the site or the servers or networks connected to the Service or the Websites.
• You will not post, email or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
• You will not forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any information transmitted through the Service.
• You will not “frame” or “mirror” any part of the Service or the Websites, without PlushCare’s prior written authorization. You will not use meta tags or code or other devices containing any reference to PlushCare or the Service or the site in order to direct any person to any other web site for any purpose.
• You will not modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, sell, reverse engineer, decipher, decompile or otherwise disassemble any portion of the Service or the Websites or any software used on or for the Service or cause or enable others to do so.
Permission to Treat.
By completing your registration through the Websites, you give permission to the Providers to provide you with medical care. You may withdraw this consent at any time by no longer seeking care from PlushCare or by providing notice to PlushCare of such withdrawal. PlushCare has the right to refuse access to the Service to any person at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all.
Telehealth, sometimes referred to as telemedicine, involves the delivery of health care services using electronic communications, information technology, or other means between a medical provider and a patient who are not in the same physical location. Telemedicine may be used for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and/or patient education, and may include, but is not limited to:
• Electronic transmission of medical records, photos/images, personal health information, or other data between a patient and a medical provider;
• Interactions between a patient and medical provider via audio, video, and/or asynchronous data communications; and
• Use of output data from medical devices, sound, and video files.
Telehealth services are not a substitute for in-person health care in all cases. As with any medical service, there are potential risks associated with the use of telehealth.
By creating an Account and accessing the Services, you acknowledge that you understand the risks and benefits of telehealth, you have received adequate answers to any questions you have about the use of telehealth, and you consent to the use of telehealth in the delivery of health care services to you.
Modifications to Service.
PlushCare reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that PlushCare shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
As part of the Services, you may choose to receive mental health therapy services via video conferencing, which is commonly referred to as teletherapy, or via telephone in limited circumstances. You acknowledge that the Provider may maintain psychotherapy notes during these teletherapy sessions, which are kept separate from the rest of your medical record. Subject to the confidentiality provisions outlined in our Notice of Privacy Practices, you understand that other Providers may see you received teletherapy services but cannot view these psychotherapy notes.
Prescription Delivery Options.
PlushCare Providers write prescriptions in accordance with their professional judgment and federal and state law. Prescriptions may be written only for the limited medical conditions we treat. You will not be able to obtain a prescription product unless you have completed a consultation with a PlushCare Provider. There is no guarantee that a Provider will write you a prescription. We do not write prescriptions for DEA controlled substances.
If a Provider determines a prescription is appropriate for you and writes a prescription, you may fill the prescription at any pharmacy of your choice. Certain prescriptions can be filled through a mail-order pharmacy. Other prescriptions are not available through a mail-order pharmacy and must be filled by a local pharmacy of your choice. You will be prompted to state your choice of pharmacy during your use of the Service.
If you complete a consultation with a Provider and fill a prescription through a mail-order pharmacy, the prescription product will be shipped to you by the applicable pharmacy. Mail-order pharmacies are third-parties, independent of PlushCare.
The costs associated with a prescription written in connection with a teletherapy service may be included in the Membership Fee described below. For all other prescriptions, you or your health insurance are responsible for the cost of the prescription product. If you fill a prescription with a pharmacy other than a mail-order pharmacy, PlushCare will send the prescription to your selected pharmacy, but you will be responsible for picking up or otherwise obtaining the prescription product and paying the pharmacy directly for the cost of the prescription product.
PlushCare charges a membership fee (the “Membership Fee”) for access to certain features of the Services. The Membership Fee may be modified by notice in accordance with these Terms. Certain members may have access to the Services through their employers, professional affiliations, or other organizations, and as a result, the Membership Fee will not apply to such members.
The Membership Fee covers costs associated with personal services and tools that enhance your healthcare experience, but are typically not covered by insurance. Membership services include higher-touch personal services such as insurance and billing navigation, advice on provider selection, specialist booking and referral management, digital tools for easy access to PlushCare services and doctors, as well as lifestyle and wellness offerings. PAYMENT OF THE MEMBERSHIP FEE TO PLUSHCARE IS NOT A REQUIREMENT TO RECEIVE MEDICAL SERVICES AT PLUSHCARE. There are options for accessing Medical Services with PlushCare without payment of this fee, such as cancelling before the free 30 day trial period is over. To learn more about the Membership Fee contact us at [email protected].
The Membership Fee is not a covered benefit under health insurance plans or other healthcare benefit plans such as the Health Saving Account or Flexible Spending Account. As a result, you acknowledge that you may not be able to submit the Membership Fee for coverage under your insurance or benefit plan, and as such, you will be responsible for the cost of such Membership Fee.
For our paid members, PlushCare will charge your Membership Fee to your designated billing account. You may select either a monthly or an annual Membership Fee. You agree to make the payment using your chosen payment method. IF YOUR ACCOUNT IS SUBJECT TO THE MEMBERSHIP FEE, YOU AUTHORIZE US TO CHARGE YOUR CHOSEN PAYMENT METHOD THE MEMBERSHIP FEE AT THE TIME OF INITIAL PAYMENT AND EACH RENEWAL, UNTIL YOU CANCEL. YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEFORE IT RENEWS TO AVOID BEING CHARGED THE MEMBERSHIP FEE FOR THE NEXT RENEWAL TERM. YOU CAN CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP AT ANY TIME BY CONTACTING US AT [email protected] IF YOU CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TERM HAS NOT EXPIRED, YOU MAY CONTINUE TO USE THE SERVICES UNTIL THE END OF YOUR THEN-CURRENT MEMBERSHIP TERM AND YOUR MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT BE RENEWED AFTER YOUR THEN-CURRENT TERM EXPIRES. HOWEVER, YOU WON’T BE ELIGIBLE FOR A PRORATED REFUND OF ANY PORTION OF THE MEMBERSHIP FEE PAID FOR THE THEN-CURRENT MEMBERSHIP PERIOD.
If the amount to be charged to you varies from the amount you preauthorized (other than due to the imposition or change in the amount of state sales taxes), for example, due to an increase in the Membership Fee, you have the right to receive, and we will provide, notice of the amount to be charged and the date of the charge at least 30 days before the scheduled date of the transaction. If you do not agree with the new amount in the notice, you may cancel the transaction by contacting us at [email protected]
ANY FREE TRIAL OR OTHER PROMOTION THAT PROVIDES PAID MEMBER-LEVEL ACCESS TO THE SERVICES MUST BE USED WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME OF THE TRIAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CONTINUE YOUR MEMBERSHIP, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR TRIAL MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE END OF THE TRIAL PERIOD IN ORDER TO AVOID BEING CHARGED THE MEMBERSHIP FEE, AS APPLICABLE. IF YOU CANCEL PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TRIAL PERIOD AND ARE INADVERTENTLY CHARGED FOR A MEMBERSHIP, PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected] FOR A REFUND.
Disclaimers Regarding the Service.
YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE SITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR IN CASE OF AN URGENT HEALTHCARE NEED, AND AGREE THAT YOU WILL SEEK CARE ELSEWHERE IN THE EVENT OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR URGENT HEALTHCARE NEED. The Service is not a replacement for your primary care physician or annual office check-ups. The Service is not an online pharmacy, and Providers do not prescribe drugs listed as controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. You agree that any prescription obtained through the Service from a Provider will be used only for its intended use. PlushCare does not guarantee that a specific medication will be prescribed if requested.
Disclaimers Regarding the Websites.
PlushCare is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate content posted on the Websites or in connection with the Service, whether caused by users of the Websites, Members or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Service. PlushCare is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any user of the Websites or Member of the Service. PlushCare assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, user or Member communications. PlushCare is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, or failure of email on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Websites or combination thereof. Under no circumstances will PlushCare or any of its affiliates, advertisers, promoters or distribution partners be responsible for any loss or damage, including personal injury or death, resulting from anyone’s use of the Websites or the Service, any content posted on the Websites or transmitted to Members, or any interactions between users of the Websites, whether online or offline. The Websites and the Service are provided “AS-IS” and PlushCare expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. PlushCare cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of the Websites and/or the Service.
In addition to the preceding paragraph and other provisions of this Agreement, any advice that may be posted on the Websites is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace or substitute for any professional financial, medical, legal, or other advice. PlushCare makes no representations or warranties and expressly disclaims any and all liability concerning any treatment, action by, or effect on any person following the information offered or provided within or through the Websites.
Copyright and Trademark.
You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. The trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, and slogans contained in the Websites are the trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and slogans of the Companies and/or their subsidiaries and affiliates (each a “Mark” and collectively the “Marks”). You are not authorized to use any Mark in any advertisement, publicity or in any other commercial manner without our prior written consent. The trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and slogans contained in the Websites that are not our Marks are the trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and slogans of their respective owners.
The Websites or Service or third parties may provide links to websites operated by third parties. These links are provided solely for convenience and reference purposes only. The inclusion of any such link does not imply that we endorse the content of any web site to which the Websites provides a link, nor are we liable for your reliance on or use of any information or materials contained in them.
You may be asked to provide feedback on your PlushCare experience. This feedback is always optional and your choice. This feedback may be hosted and stored at a third party site. You agree to not provide any personally identifiable information when providing feedback.
Limitation of Liability.
To the extent permitted by law, in no event will PlushCare be liable to you or any third person for any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, special or punitive damages arising from your use of the Websites or the Service. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, PlushCare’s liability to you for any cause whatsoever, and regardless of the form of the action, will at all times be limited to the amount paid, if any, by you to PlushCare for the Service during the term of membership.
Indemnity by You.
You agree to indemnify and hold PlushCare, its subsidiaries, affiliates (including the Providers), officers, agents, and other partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorney’s fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of (a) your use of the Websites or the Service in violation of this Agreement, (b) your failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations; and/or (c) your breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above.
Arbitration of Disputes.
(a) It is understood that any dispute as to medical malpractice, that is as to whether any medical services rendered under this Agreement were unnecessary or unauthorized or were improperly, negligently, or incompetently rendered, will be determined by submission to arbitration as provided by California law, and not by a lawsuit or resort to court process except as California law provides for judicial review of arbitration proceedings. Both parties to this contract, by entering into it, are giving up their constitutional right to have such dispute decided in a court of law before a jury, and instead are accepting the use of arbitration.
(b) You understand and agree that this agreement to arbitrate binds you and anyone else who may have a claim arising out of or related to all treatment or services provided by PlushCare or physicians employed or engaged by PlushCare, including a spouse or heirs and any children, whether born or unborn at the time of the occurrence giving rise to any claim. This includes, but is not limited to, all claims for monetary damages exceeding the jurisdictional limit of the small claims court, including, without limitation, suits for loss of consortium, wrongful death, emotional distress or punitive damages. You further understand and agree that if you sign this Agreement on behalf of some other person for whom you have responsibility, then, in addition to myself, such person(s) will also be bound by this agreement to arbitrate, along with anyone else who may have a claim arising out of the treatment or services rendered to that person. You also understand and agree that this agreement to arbitrate relates to claims against PlushCare or physicians employed or engaged by PlushCare and any consenting substitute physician, as well as the physician’s partners, associates, association, corporation or partnership, and the employees, agents, and estates of any of them. You also hereby consent to the intervention or joinder in the arbitration proceeding of all parties relevant to a full and complete settlement of any dispute arbitrated under this Agreement, as set forth in the Medical Arbitration Rules of the California Medical Associations and the California Hospital Associations (the “Rules”).
(c) You agree that the arbitrators have the same immunity from civil liability as that of a judicial officer when acting in the capacity of arbitrator under this agreement to arbitrate. This immunity shall supplement, not supplant, any other applicable statutory or common law.
(d) YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE SERVICES OF PLUSHCARE OR ITS EMPLOYED OR ENGAGED PHYSICIANS, AND THAT IF YOU DO SIGN THIS AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE AND CHANGE YOUR MIND WITHIN 30 DAYS OF TODAY, THEN YOU MAY CANCEL THIS AGREEMENT ARBITRATE BY GIVING WRITTEN NOTICE TO PLUSHCARE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE DATE OF YOUR SIGNATURE BELOW STATING THAT YOU WANT TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ARBITRATION PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ARBITRATION PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT WILL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT.
(e) On behalf of yourself and all others bound by this agreement to arbitrate as set forth in Paragraph 18(b), agreement is hereby given to be bound by the Medical Arbitration Rules of the California Medical Associations and the California Hospital Associations, as they may be amended from time to time, which Rules are hereby incorporated into this Agreement.
Jurisdiction and Choice of Law.
If there is any dispute arising out of the Websites and/or the Service, by using the Websites, you expressly agree that any such dispute shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
No Third Party Beneficiaries.
You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
Acknowledgment of Terms and Electronic Signature.
You certify that you have read, accept, and hereby consent to the terms of this Agreement, and your acceptance of these terms constitutes your electronic signature to this Agreement. You agree that you may be sent electronic notices to the email address provided during your registration for the Service. Any notice sent to that email address will be effective once delivered, regardless of whether or not you actually received the notice or choose to read it. This Agreement constitutes the sole agreement between you and PlushCare for your use of the Service, and any further statements or inducements, oral or written, not contained in this Agreement shall not bind either you or PlushCare. Any of the terms of this Agreement which are invalid or unenforceable shall be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability, without rendering invalid or unenforceable any of the remaining terms of this Agreement.
Personal invite links should only be used for personal and non-commercial purposes. This means that you can share your invite link with your personal connections via email, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, personal blogs, etc. where you are the primary content owner. However public distribution on sites where you are a contributor but not the primary content owner (e.g., Wikipedia, coupon websites) is not allowed. Promoting your referral code via Search Engine Marketing (e.g., AdWords/Yahoo/Bing) is also not allowed.
PlushCare reserves the right to suspend your account and/or revoke any and all referral credits at any time if we feel they were earned inappropriately.
By creating an Account, you agree that the Services may send you informational text (SMS) messages as part of the normal business operation of your use of the Services. You may opt-out of receiving text (SMS) messages from PlushCare at any time by texting the word STOP to from the mobile device receiving the messages. You acknowledge that opting out of receiving text (SMS) messages may impact your use of the Services.
By creating an Account and using the Service, you agree to comply with this Agreement, on behalf of yourself and on behalf of any other person on whose behalf you are seeking medical care. If you fail to comply with the terms of the Agreement, you may be prohibited from using the Service, and you agree to hold PlushCare harmless from any liability arising from your failure to comply.
NOTICE: BY CREATING THE ACCOUNT AND USING THE SERVICE YOU AGREE TO HAVE ANY ISSUE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DECIDED BY NEUTRAL ARBITRATION AND HEREBY GIVE UP ANY RIGHT TO A JURY OR COURT TRIAL. SEE PARAGRAPH 18 OF THIS AGREEMENT.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED ABOVE.
Last updated February 28, 2022