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Urgent Care Centers: An Overview


Although there are currently more than 9,000 urgent care centers in the United States alone, they continue to be an almost  underground success. Perhaps the roller coaster history of  urgent care has contributed to the quiet but sustained second surge in centers. Although sources are not definitive, the concept of urgent care began as early as 1970, with entrepreneurial physicians opening individual clinics to serve patients’ needs for acute but non-emergent medical care.