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Do hospital-run urgent care centers reduce ER use?

from By Alan Kelsky

The future of healthcare given by hospitals is changing. And that change is the opening of hospital-owned urgent care facilities. Urgent care is a way to offer patients a lower-cost alternative to hospital emergency rooms — and make a profit of about $250,000 each year while protecting a hospital's territory. A 20 percent growth in urgent care centers is likely over the next five years, and large for-profit hospital chains are leading the way as they see a new source of revenue. more

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