To provide the urgent care industry players with data about the industry that might be needed for strategic planning, the Urgent Care Association of America or UCAOA released statistics about the industry.
Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, UCAOA aims to “advance and distinguish the role of urgent care medicine as a healthcare destination and support the ongoing success of our membership through education, advocacy, community awareness, benchmarking and promoting standards of excellence”
What is urgent care, exactly?
Urgent care is the providing of immediate outpatient medical care for the diagnoses and treatment of low- to mid-acuity illnesses and injuries in a non-hospital facility usually open on extended hours. The facility providing urgent care is aptly called as urgent care centers or facilities.
Urgent care facilities are walk-in clinics provide ambulatory care for minor injuries and illnesses needing immediate attention but which are not serious enough to merit a visit to a hospital emergency room. True to its name, around seventy percent of the urgent care cases in the country for the past year have been catered to in less than 20 minutes. Around one fourth of those cases are given attention between 21 minutes to 40 minutes. Only a small number of around three percent are given attention after forty minutes of waiting.
There are 30 urgent care centers in Tempe, Arizona, while there are 131 hospitals.
It is important to note that urgent care facilities do not replace a person’s or family’s primary care physician. It should only be used when your regular doctor is out of your locality or cannot provide timely care.
There approximately around 9,000 urgent care centers peppered all over the United States. More than eighty percent of those centers are open seven days a week. Around seventy percent open at 8 in the morning or earlier. More than ninety percent close after seven in the evening.
More than three hundred patients visit an urgent care center weekly. That makes it a total visit of around 3 million per week or 160 million per year.
Around a third of those urgent care facilities are owned by corporations, with most of the stockholders as physicians. Only less than five percent of those urgent care centers are run by non-physicians. Around one fourth of the total number of urgent care facilities are owned by hospitals. Around two percent are owned by franchises.
Most of the urgent care facilities in Tempe are under a franchise.
More than fifty percent of the total number of urgent care centers in the country have been operating for more than five years. Less than a fifth have been operating between three and five years. Another one-fifth has been operating for one to two years. Around eight percent have been operating for less than a year.
Three-fourths of the total number of urgent care facilities in the country are found in suburbs. Thirty of those urgent care centers are in Tempe. Around fifteen percent are in urban areas while around ten percent are in rural areas.