Urgent care centers play an important role in the U.S. healthcare system by delivering prompt care to patients with acute care needs. Urgent care centers provide an important and cost-effective access point for health care and a critical link in continuity of care. Urgent care centers also have the capacity to relieve a healthcare system that is suffering from overburdened primary care providers and crowded emergency room departments.
The Urgent Care Association (UCA) believes all Americans should have access to affordable healthcare coverage that provides access to healthcare providers who are best equipped to meet a patient’s healthcare needs in a timely manner. This means providing patients access to urgent care centers for acute, episodic care and, increasingly, primary care needs.
Health insurance coverage must be predictable, as well as affordable. Therefore, any changes to the insurance marketplace, including repeal of health insurance reforms created by the Affordable Care Act, must be accompanied by a reform timeline and policies that will not result in disruption of the insurance marketplace or the guarantee of coverage now afforded to millions of Americans.
UCA has identified the following principles that will guide its advocacy efforts and evaluation of health reform proposals:
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