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On August 8th, 2019

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Vital Signs: The Urgent Care Surge

Urgent Care Growth Responding to Skyrocketing Demand

Urgent care centers are exploding in popularity. They represent another option in the evolving and diversifying healthcare system, along with other offerings experiencing similar growth such as retail clinics, critical access hospitals and micro-hospitals. In Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Vital Signs publication, we are examining the latest trends surrounding urgent care centers and how those trends map to population and income demographics.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The number of urgent care centers has increased by 44% in the past five years, while the number of medical office buildings has increased only 5.2%
  • Skyrocketing demand for urgent care services is especially noticeable in areas with few primary doctor options and lack of ER’s due to low population counts
  • While UCCs can be seen as a substitute for a variety of urgent medical needs that would have required an emergency room visit, retail clinics may be better suited to provide preventative care and handle smaller health needs
  • For the future, ability to quickly scale is a key component of any urgent care expansion strategy, and alignment with a major health system historically predicts much higher returns

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