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Succeed at urgent care

Monday, September 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Medical Economics
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Opening an urgent care facility may just be the perfect business opportunity. It fits doctors’ skill sets and can supplement income or provide more independence while tapping into a physician’s entrepreneurial nature. But, according to those who have made the leap, the hours are long, the profits margins are thin, and the financial risks are high. 

“I wish I knew before I opened my urgent care how many hours I would have to put in,” says George G. Ellis, Jr., MD, FACP, chief medical adviser to Medical Economics. Ellis owns the 910 Rapid Care clinic adjacent to his private practice in Youngstown, Ohio. “The private practice and urgent care consume about 90 hours a week for me.”

For a new urgent care to succeed, physician-owners must carefully research all the details about the location under consideration, the services and staffing requirements, and accept the fact that urgent care medicine demands a different mindset than private practice.

 

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