By 2025, it is estimated that there will be a need for 52,000 more primary care physicians in the United States. In order to provide quality care for an increasing number of individuals and their families, more medical students need to choose to become primary care physicians that specialize in urgent care medicine.
Hospital emergency rooms tend to be overflowing with patients that could be seen at an urgent care facility instead. Furthermore, when a medical situation isn’t life-threatening, these patients will usually have to wait longer to be evaluated and treated.
Between the years of 2003 and 2009, for example, hospital emergency room waiting periods rose from 46.5 minutes to 58.1 minutes. Currently, it is estimated that patients need to wait even longer to see a physician. Patients only