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4 Reasons Walk In Medical Clinics are Taking Over the Industry

May 31, 2016
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If you’ve had any experience with the health care industry in recent years, you know it can be costly, time-consuming, and an overall inconvenience to schedule an appointment and get treated. This is, in essence, why urgent care centers and walk in medical clinics were born. While they’ve technically been in existence since the 1970s, it’s only been over the last decade or so that these medical centers have grown exponentially in popularity and prevalence.

Today, an estimated 3 million patients visit an urgent care center somewhere in the U.S. every week. They’ve quickly become significant players in the health care field and for good reason. Not only is the care professional, but the various other elements of walk in urgent care clinics make them naturally conducive to life in the 21st century. Here are the top five reasons why.

  1. People are Busy and Impatient: Today’s society is constantly looking to get things faster, easier, and without sacrificing quality. Walk in medical centers fit naturally into this model, as over half (57%) of patients wait just 15 minutes or less and the vast majority (80%) of visits are taken care of within 60 minutes, according to the Urgent Care Association of America.
  2. Increasingly More Affordable Than Traditional Care: The cost of health care continues to rise in almost every aspect, but one of the areas in which you can find some of the best price points is in the urgent care industry. On average, a trip to the emergency room will cost you about $1,500 compared to an urgent care visit, which will only run you around $150.
  3. Reputation and Care: One of the main reasons walk in clinics have grown in popularity is because — simply put — they work. More and more people are beginning to realize that establishments like AFC/Doctors Express are not only legitimate care facilities but are often times exceptional when it comes to the actual level of care you’ll find. The idea of walking in and getting treated by someone other than a primary care physician seemed foreign to many people for awhile, but as the stigma/reputation has changed, the industry has grown.
  4. Relatively Prevalent: There are well over 6,800 urgent care facilities in the U.S. currently. Some estimates put the number closer to 9,000. No matter what city or state you’re in, chances are there is an urgent care center somewhere close by, making it all the more convenient to utilize.

As society continues to grow, evolve, and adapt to new technology and modern advances, so too will the various industries contained in it. Urgent care clinics are just one perfect example of this.