UCA UCA Position Statements



UCA Position Statements state the association's position on issues related to the urgent care industry, the practice of urgent care medicine, and/or urgent care professionals/clinicians.

The Urgent Care Association recognizes that systemic racism undermines the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve.  Ongoing violence, racial inequality and discrimination negatively impact mental and physical health and contribute to unequal access to quality healthcare, and quality of life. Racism is among the CDC’s list of complex factors that drive health disparities and risk among people of color, and we acknowledge this urgent public health issue as one that affects our own team members and their families, our association members and their patients. As part of our mission to advance and support our industry through education, advocacy, and community awareness, we are committed to standing against racism and prejudice, toward the better health of all. 
Urgent care centers (UCCs) provide walk-in access for patients seeking care for non-emergent illnesses and injuries. UCCs are typically open extended hours during the week, on weekends and most holidays. According to 2016 data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), 85.1 percent of adults and 93.6 percent of children within the United States visited a health care professional during the year. Outpatient physician office visits were reported as follows: Read more.
Urgent care plays an important role in the healthcare industry. Our centers provide convenient, affordable and high-quality care for a variety of common illnesses and injuries – from sprains and broken bones to strep throat and sinus infections. Urgent care centers exist so patients can get help when they need it – without excessive waiting or overpaying. Some recent stories have questioned the role of urgent care centers versus emergency departments, and UCA wants to outline our view on the role of urgent care in today’s healthcare system. Read more.