The urgent care industry is poised for more expansion driven by the Affordable Care Act, hospital closings, primary care doctor shortage, high Emergency Room costs. Industry sources expect a steady flow of patients seeking regular care (vs. acute care) to flow into urgent care centers within the next 5 to 10 years.
Dr. Kenneth Palestrant, founder of Physicians Immediate Care in Florida, recognizes this trend. Approximately, 20% of patients use his five centers to receive primary care. With ACA implementation, Dr. Palestrant expects more hiring of nurse-practitioner and physician assistants in urgent care to address the gap in primary care.>>Read more
Source: MedCity News