Urgent care medicine is a growing specialty, and there are currently 20,000 physicians that practice within this area of medicine. Some of the facilities within which urgent care medicine is practiced are a combination of both urgent care clinics and emergency room services.
Americans have a history of relying on the type of care provided by emergency rooms, which includes 24-hour access. Over the past decade, this has resulted in a 22% increase in emergency room visits.
Milliman recently conducted a private study that showed roughly 44% to 65% of emergency room visits could have been handled in an urgent care facility. As a result of this, patients are having to pay higher costs to receive the same type of care that could be provided at urgent care and clinics.
The RAND Corporation cond