Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Urgent Care Centers industry represents one of the fastest-growing segments of the American healthcare system. With rising wait times for both primary and emergency-care providers, urgent care centers have become an increasingly viable alternative for patients. During the next five years, the Urgent Care Centers industry is expected to continue expanding. One of the main factors driving growth for the industry is increasing demands made on primary-care providers that are, thus, pushing patients to this industry's operators. Additionally, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will begin to take effect in 2014, expanding insurance coverage to millions of people by 2019.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Urgent care centers provide an array of services for unscheduled patient visits. Additionally, urgent care centers offer services that are generally not available in primary care physicians' offices or retail clinics. The industry provides a wide service offering, which is aimed to address health ailments that are more urgent than health-related conditions treated at primary care offices. Furthermore, patients visit urgent care centers for immediate care that is not serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room.
Urgent care centers generally have limited hours of operation, unlike a hospital emergency room, which is open at all times... purchase to read more