The Case for Urgent Care
White Paper on the Urgent Care Industry from the Urgent Care Association of America
Urgent care centers have been open in the US for over thirty years and see between 71 and 160 million patient visits each year. As the US healthcare system faces issues with access to care, increasing patient needs, growing demands on the primary and emergency care systems and rising costs, it is striking that urgent care centers are rarely included in solution development at the legislative level. Independent studies have shown that urgent care can improve access, while lowering costs, but no global review has been done. To help address this absence, the authors performed an environmental scan of the recent literature with the ultimate goal of educating the public and policymakers about the current and possible future roles of urgent care centers in healthcare delivery.
Check out the complete white paper here.