A recent article published by American Medical News describes the accelerating trend of new urgent care openings, which have doubled in the last year. For patients, visits to emergency rooms often result in long waits and large bills. A visit to an urgent care is more affordable for insured patients, uninsured patients, and health plans.
While doctors and hospitals have historically expressed concern over the proliferation of urgent cares, many of these perceptions are changing for the better. The founder of Total Access Urgent Care, Dr. Matt Bruckel, spoke to this issue, "Once they realize that we don't want to steal their patients, and we don't want to take care of the problems they take care of, and they can't take care of the problems that we take care of, then it's a beautiful combination." Total Access has worked closely and collaboratively with local groups, and historical concerns are being replaced as the best urgent cares integrate into a community's health care network to provide the convenient solution to vexing availability and overcrowding challenges.
As would be expected, the growing market is attracting hospital based urgent cares (25.2% of the market) and other corporate and non-physician owners (37.1% of the market). Dr. Bruckel is certain that care designed and coordinated by physicians and focused on the patient will continue to be the best model in this burgeoning market. Total Access Urgent Care's industry-leading customer satisfaction scores show that the patients agree.