Did you know that interest in and usage of urgent care clinics is increasing? Per the Urgent Care Association (UCA), the United States added 650 urgent care centers -- an 8% increase -- from 2017 to 2018. Who knows what the next few years of growth will look like?
The UCA reported that there were close to 9,000 urgent care centers open and operating by the end of 2018. These clinics handle approximately 89 million patients per year. Why are so many consumers relying on urgent care clinics for their emergency and non-emergency medical needs? It is because urgent care center visits are much more convenient and affordable than the average trip to the emergency room or your primary care physician.
Patients have the opportunity to visit with a medical professional at a time that works with their schedule, and can avoid hospital or primary care provider red tape and long waiting times. The Urgent Care Association’s 2018 Benchmarking Report found that more than 70% of patients waited less than 20 minutes to see a medical professional at an urgent care center, and most waited less than 30 minutes.
Are you thinking of starting up a new urgent care business? Now is the time!
With the right urgent care center marketing strategy, urgent care start up checklist, and help from urgent care consultants, you can launch and run a growing and profitable urgent care business.
A reputable, urgent care consulting firm can partner with you to put together the right vision, strategy and urgent care start up checklist to help your new business succeed.
They can ensure your urgent care clinic is following updated government regulations including those required by OSHA and HIPAA.
Urgent care consultants can complete a review of your spend on equipment and supplies. They can then recommend opportunities for both savings and improvements in quality and customer service.
They can also complete an audit of your proposed policies and operating procedures. With these results they can recommend updates to your urgent care start up checklist that will increase speed, increase your urgent care profit margin and improve the services to your patients.