Patients Preferring Urgent Care Facilities

Patients Preferring Urgent Care Facilities - Health Council

“Nationwide there are now more than 7,000 urgent care centers across the country, and Hicks calls the industry’s growth in the past couple of decades “explosive.” He says patients tell him they appreciate the cost savings and convenience — most urgent care centers are open in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. In large, urban areas, many are open around the clock.Most centers take private insurance and Medicare, although some don’t take Medicaid; Hicks says Medicaid reimbursement doesn’t cover the cost of providing care. Uninsured patients have to pay cash. In our poll, most patients said they found the cost of their visits “reasonable.” And the majority — 75 percent — rated the care they received as “excellent” or “good.”

Read the full article: Can’t Get In To See Your Doctor? Many Patients Turn To Urgent Care