Urgent care entrance Despite the health care industry’s emphasis on “medical homes,” younger patients who only need services on an infrequent basis may prefer urgent care clinics. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The growth of urgent care clinics continues to be strong, with an 8 percent growth rate in the past year, according to a new report. The Urgent Care Association’s (UCA) 2018 Benchmarking Report finds that the number of urgent care clinics in the U.S. grew from 8,125 in November 2017 to 8,744 in November 2018.

Urgent care centers provide a range of health care services to people on a walk-in basis, and are seen as a less-expensive option for urgent health matters than hospital emergency rooms.

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