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Urgent care visits increase as emergency room visits fall

Thursday, September 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: EurekAlert!/Brigham and Women's Hospital
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New findings suggest that patients are more likely to visit urgent care centers over emergency rooms for treatment of low-acuity conditions


Treatment for new health problems, or acute care visits, encompass over one-third of all ambulatory care delivered in the United States. Given the high costs of emergency departments, many insurance plans have created incentives to encourage patients to receive that care elsewhere. In response to patient expectations for more convenience and to long wait times at traditional physician outpatient practices, alternative care facilities such as urgent care centers, retail clinics, and telemedicine have rapidly emerged.

 

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