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THE TECHNOLOGY COMPONENT URGENT CARE CLINICS ARE MISSING URGENT CARE CLINICS REMAIN RELATIVELY NEW TO THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY. BUT, THEIR RAPID GROWTH RATE? IT'S NOTHING SHORT OF IMPRESSIVE. According to Laurel Stoimenoff, CEO of the Urgent Care Association (UCA) and co-author of the 2018 report "The Essential Role of the Urgent Care Center in Population Health," the number of urgent care clinics has increased from 6,946 in 2015 to 8,285 as of June 2018. Urgent care clinics receive nearly 90 million patients annually, or more than 29 percent of all primary care visits in the U.S., and nearly 15 percent of all outpatient physician visits. Experts estimate the $18 billion urgent care market industry will grow further still. There are numerous factors driving the continued growth of urgent care clinics. For instance, the model can provide physicians greater work/life balance, as working in urgent care doesn't require an on-call schedule, being accountable to specific patients or working nights and every weekend. On the patient side, the model can better meet demand, convenience and cost needs. In fact, millennials are particularly enthused about urgent care clinics, primarily because the model supports their desire for more efficient, transparent and digital experiences. Urgent care momentum also can be attributed to individuals living in rural areas who don't have reasonable access to primary care physicians and major hospitals, and to individuals without health insurance who are paying out-of-pocket (urgent care costs are usually lower). 29% of primary care visits 15% of outpatient physician visits 58ยข / mile WHAT PERCENT OF U.S. CLINIC VISITS ARE URGENT CARE VISITS? Experts estimate the urgent care market will grow 5.8 percent this year

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