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Urgent care centers hold tight to niche – Finance & Commerce

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The fate of the Affordable Care Act will not likely have much impact on the continued growth of the urgent care center market over the next three to five years, Marino said. But while their rise has been impressive, the increase will likely reach a saturation point when new centers will stop opening up and may drop away.

By: BridgeTower Media Newswires March 21, 2017

In the 1970s, enterprising physicians began opening their practices after-hours to patients suffering minor ailments without an appointment. Patients avoided expensive emergency rooms, and they didn’t have to endure long waits to see their family doctors.  The idea stuck. Shifting work patterns in a growing population have heightened expectations of medical service at all hours and have led to a thriving industry known as urgent care medicine, said Dr. Franz Ritucci, an Orlando, Florida, physician and president the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.

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SOURCE: http://finance-commerce.com/2017/03/urgent-care-centers-hold-tight-to-niche/

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