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Dr. Ken's Corner: Is Health Care By Appointment in Jeopardy?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jul 27, 2015 2:53:35 PM

Patients seem to be fed up with having to adapt their own schedules to fit in with what's convenient for the doctor.  "Cost-conscious patients facing higher health plan deductibles have helped make walk-in clinics one of the fastest-growing sectors in the health care market.  With no appointments required and most insurance accepted, advocates say, "the clinics bring a patient-first consumerism to the nation's outmoded health care delivery system" (mcclatchydc.com).

Some 20,000 physicians currently staff the nation's 9,300 stand-alone urgent care centers, according to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.  The AAUCM reports that each center handles about 14,000 patient visits a year and projects that the number of urgent care centers will grow by 20 percent for the next several years.

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Topics: American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, patient care, scheduling, stand-alone urgent care, walk-in clinics

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