25 Things to Know About Urgent Care


Urgent care centers — walk-in medical clinics that treat minor conditions such as sprains and colds, as well as conduct imaging and blood tests — have seen significant growth in recent years. Their lower costs compared with emergency departments and easy access have attracted both patients and investors as the industry looks for lower-cost options and resources to care for the nearly 30 million patients who will soon gain health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Here are 25 facts and statistics about the urgent care market.

1. There are approximately 9,000 urgent care centers in the U.S., according to the Urgent Care Association of America.1 In its 2012 survey of urgent care centers, 40 percent expected to expand their existing site or add another site.2

2. Seventy-five percent of urgent care centers are located in suburban areas, 15 percent in urban areas and 10 percent in rural areas.1

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