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Urgent care centers offer important services
07.09.2012Experts commonly say that urgent care benefits include rapid access to care, low cost and high quality services. Unlike some other options commonly available, these care providers make it easy for patients to get the care they need at the times they need it.
Traditionally, individuals could choose between a primary care doctor or an emergency room. Physicians are good at offering preventive treatments, while ERs are the place to go for major medical emergencies. But there is still a significant amount of ground between these two. Furthermore, doctors typically offer limited business hours, while ERs can be expensive.
This is why urgent care facilities are becoming so common. They offer services that occupy the middleground between primary care and emergency medicine. Patients can seek vaccinations against common illnesses or treatment for a broken bone. This diverse range of services is generally delivered around flexible hours and at affordable prices.
"We’ve come up with a model that works," Dr. Jerry Williams, the owner of an urgent care facility in Georgia, told the Savannah Morning News. "There's no hurdle to get through. You’re not begging on the other line waiting for an answer from a doctor."
These urgent care benefits are exemplified by the rapid growth that has occurred in the industry over the last few years. The Urgent Care Association of America estimates that about 300 new facilities opened their doors last year. The expansion is largely due to high demand for services.
As millions of people attain health coverage over the next few years thanks to the Affordable Care Act, this type of fast, inexpensive, high-quality care will be more important than ever.
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