According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AACUM), the number of urgent care facilities has increased 14% to 9,300 centers since 2008.
The economics support this trend. The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAA, 2013 benchmark survey) showed that 83% of urgent care centers experienced growth, and approximately 88% of practices expanded an existing location or added a new location in 2014.
Any exploration of starting an urgent care center should begin with these considerations:
Consider an urgent care specialty
Although most urgent care providers have trained in internal, family or emergency medicine, consider offering some form of specialized care at your urgent care clinic.