Recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act better known as ObamaCare. While ObamaCare’s main target is the 16.3% of the population that was uninsured last year, this decision will ultimately impact ALL Americans.
What does that mean to you as the healthcare consumer? That means that an additional 49.9 million Americans could be seeking medical care. Alluding to extended wait periods to see your practitioner. Can your allergy ridden child wait three weeks to be seen? How about your fractured arm? Can you wait two weeks for your splint?
If your answer was NO, than you’re in luck.
Currently, there are about 9,000 urgent care clinics seeing cases like this on a daily basis. This equates to about 160,056,000 patients per year. And the industry isn’t slowing down. With an estimated 4.4% urgent care growth between now and 2017, the number of urgent care clinics could soon reach 11,000+ facilities. These clinics are, and will continue to be, staffed with physicians and other providers prepared to take on new patients for all of their non-emergent healthcare needs. And the best part? It’s all on an as needed walk-in basis.
So while, the nation is watching ObamaCare for their next tax increase and fee penalties, the urgent care industry is gearing up to take care of America. From new facilities to awareness campaigns, urgent care is poised to meet the needs of the newly insured.