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3 Reasons Behind the Meteoric Rise of Urgent Care Clinics

Posted By: U.S. News

Author: Suzanne Flynn/Monday, December 10, 2018/Categories: Industry News


DRIANA VÉLEZ-LEÓN'S symptoms – a sore throat, body aches, headache and congestion – suggested to her that she might be coming down with the flu. Vélez-León, an attorney in the District of Columbia, didn't want to take the chance of infecting co-workers, and she wanted to get checked out. She has health insurance but doesn't have a primary care doctor, and she didn't need to go to an emergency room.

So on a bright, cold day, Vélez-León walked less than two blocks to an urgent care clinic located downtown, near her office. Swabs to her nose and throat determined she didn't have the flu, but was probably just suffering from a bad cold. Vélez-León was seen, diagnosed and out the door in less than an hour. "This is my third time here," Vélez-León, 29, said of her visit to GW Immediate & Primary Care - McPherson Square, part of the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates network. The clinic has a spacious waiting area, a front desk that on this weekday was staffed by two receptionists, and nine waiting rooms. "It's convenient, it's fast and it's really close to my office."

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