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Author: UCA Admin/Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Categories: Industry News
Posted in the Louisiana Weekly
You sprained your wrist on a Sunday, and you’re headed to an urgent care center instead of a hospital ER because it’s less expensive and faster. Before arriving at the center, however, you may want to call and ask if it charges facility fees, in addition to the cost of medical care. These facility-fee surprises can run from $25 to $200 or more per visit.
Urgent care centers have sprouted locally, and they reached 8,774 nationally late last year, according to the Urgent Care Association in Illinois. That was up from 6,400 four years before. Owners include hospitals and groups of doctors or investors.
The UCA defines an urgent care center as a medical clinic with expanded hours that can treat non-life- or limb-threatening illnesses and injuries in a place distinct from a freestanding or hospital-based emergency department. Urgent care centers accept walk-in patients. Care is supported by on-site radiology and lab services.
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