Urgent care centers less costly alternative to emergency room

Stinson, Sonya
April 2005
New Orleans CityBusiness (1994 to 2008);4/4/2005, Vol. 25 Issue 39, p38
The article focuses on urgent carecenters designed to serve with problems that need more immediate attention than provided by a doctor's appointment but not serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit. The overuse of high-cost emergency room services prompted a rash of urgent care centers to open in the New Orleans in Louisiana. The centers accommodate walk-in patients and are typically open 10 to 24 hours a day seven days a week. The medical insurance industry, especially managed care companies, has embraced the concept of urgent care.


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