Urgent care facilities are some of the fastest growing medical centers. These facilities are able to treat injuries and sickness faster and more affordably than an estimated 35% of emergency room visits. For urgent help, these facilities are your best bet to get reliable care. In fact, an estimated 69% of urgent care facilities have a wait time of 20 minutes or less.
About 89.8% of urgent care centers in the U.S. treat workplace related illnesses or injuries such as back pain and sprains. Doctors at these facilities treat a wide range of symptoms, including but not limited to: rashes, muscle strains, lacerations, insect bites and dehydration. Cuts, burns and sports injuries are also common, however, the most common diagnosis given at urgent care centers in the United States was an upper respiratory infection in 2012.
Rather than spending time in the emergency room or another health care clinic, you can also rely on urgent care for flu shots, digital X-Rays, diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and kidney infections. Though these are more serious, urgent care has some of the best doctors and staff to efficiently take care of these needs.
An estimated 85% of urgent care centers are open 7 days a week, and many are open 24 hours a day to serve those who cannot make it to a doctor within normal business hours. Between the convenience of their hours, and the fact that an urgent care visit is, on average, 40 to 50% less expensive than a trip to the emergency room, it’s no wonder that around 9,000 urgent care centers are looking to open up another branch or expand.