Forbes December 12, 2019
Bruce Japsen

The number of urgent care centers in the U.S. has surpassed 9,200 as hospital systems and well-capitalized companies like UnitedHealth Group’s Optum unit open urgent care centers across the country.

The number of U.S. urgent care centers rose 6% to 9,272 in the U.S. as of June of this year compared to 8,774 in 2018, according to the latest tally by the Urgent Care Association, which released a new report on the industry’s rapid growth.

Unlike the early proliferation of urgent care centers that were largely opened by physicians, doctor practices and medical groups, the new wave is driven by well-capitalized health systems and investor-owned companies like UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services unit and big hospital corporations, the report indicates.


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