Emergency Centers An Alternative to Traditional Hospital Emergency Room Visits

Written by Family Magazine. Posted in Emergency healthcare services, Timely primary medical care, What to do about headaches

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Currently, there are approximately 20,000 physicians practicing urgent care medicine. This specialty is experiencing fast growth, and has gained recognition as an important medical field. Given the convenient care that can be provided by urgent care clinics, they are a welcome alternative to traditional hospital emergency room visits.

Many people in the United States are attuned to and rely on the 24-hour access that is provided by traditional hospital emergency departments. While emergency room visits have actually increased over the past decade, a large percentage of these patients could be treated within an urgent care facility. Milliman conducted a private study on this issue, and determined that roughly 44% to 65% of emergency room visits could have been treated in a urgent care clinic.