Friday, September 27, 2013

More Regular Care = Urgent Care Growth

Patients seek regular care at Urgent Care Ctrs

The urgent care industry is poised for more expansion driven by the Affordable Care Act, hospital closings, primary care doctor shortage, high Emergency Room costs.  Industry sources expect a steady flow of patients seeking regular care (vs. acute care) to flow into urgent care centers within the next 5 to 10 years.

Dr. Kenneth Palestrant, founder of Physicians Immediate Care in Florida, recognizes this trend.  Approximately, 20% of patients use his five centers to receive primary care.  With ACA implementation, Dr. Palestrant expects more hiring of nurse-practitioner and physician assistants in urgent care to address the gap in primary care. 
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Source:  MedCity News

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