Since the first clinic opened back in the late 1970’s, urgent care, referred by other names such as “emergency walk-in clinic”, “community health clinic”, or “walk-in health clinic”, was formed to meet a community need and has become one of the fastest growing healthcare segments in America. According to a 2017 report by The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), there are now over 7500 urgent care facilities, and this number is expected to grow—with no indication of slowing down anytime in the near future.
This thriving force is driven by several factors:
- Overcapacity in primary care facilities
- Overcrowding in the emergency room
- The insured, aging population
- The continued support of investors
According to UCAOA, there are an estimated 3 million patients who visit an urgent care (UC) clinic every week. With more than 20,000 physicians at these clinics, most have expanded their spac