Global Urgent Care Centers Market: Snapshot

The growing expenditure on healthcare coupled with the rising geriatric population have triggered the demand for convenient and cost-effective medical care worldwide. The model of urgent care has been designed for providing opportune access to cost-effective and quality healthcare services across the globe the Urgent Care Association of America puts forth the definition of urgent care centers of UCCs as the medical care centers that deliver health care services on a walk-in or no appointment basis for treating injuries or illnesses that are over the scope of conventional primary care and are also at the same time not life threatening. Maximum of the urgent care centers deliver services for moderate injuries, trauma, illness, monitoring, screening, lab tests, physicals, routine vaccinations, and occupational medicine. The rising geriatric population across the globe along with the prevalence of inexpensive medical care services are the core drivers for the growth of the global market for urgent care centers. Moreover, the growing investments in the market for urgent care centers has been resultant of the increase in the number of advanced urgent care centers across the world, therefore impacting the market confidently. On the other hand, the nonappearance of physicians and the growing cost of initial establishment of urgent care centers are expected to constrain the growth of the market in the years ahead.

The global urgent care centers market is expected to witness a 3.80% CAGR between 2014 and 2020. The market is projected to rise to a valuation of US$30.5 bn by the end of 2020 from a worth US$23.5 bn in 2013.

Illness Services to Lead Market

The global market for urgent care centers has been segment in terms of services into monitoring and screening, diagnostic, routine vaccination, physical, trauma and injury, and illness. The foremost revenue was produced through illness services that held for the leading share in the global urgent care centers market closely trailed by the injury segment. Maximum of the visits in the urgent care centers market were recorded for illness circumstances of which the upper five conditions were upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, fever & cold, pharyngitis, and otitis media. They collectively held for over 50% of illness related visits.

North America to Rule Undefeated

Region-wise, the market has been segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the Rest of World. North America was the leading market with the majority share in the global urgent care centers market closely trailed by Europe. North America is projected to maintain its governing position through the forecasted period. This can be credited to the mounting adoption of urgent care centers for non-emergency conditions. The upsurge in demand for walk-in health services and the increase in demand for moneymaking medical care are also causative of the growth of the urgent care centers market in North America. On the other hand, in the Asia Pacific region, India, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand are the main countries that provide huge prospects to companies operating in the market. In Rest of the World (RoW), Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Israel, and UAE are the foremost countries where the urgent care centers market is anticipated to record noteworthy growth.

The leading market players in existence are HealthWorks Inc., Patient First and U.S., NextCare Urgent Care, MedExpress, MinuteClinic LLC, MD Now, FastMed Urgent Care, Concentra Inc., CareSpot Express Healthcare LLC, and AFC/Doctors Express.

The growth of urgent care centers in the US is indicative of advancements in care delivery across the region. The quest of the healthcare industry to offer premium services to patients, whilst achieving favourable care-delivering outputs, has played an integral role in market growth. Furthermore, healthcare experts have given a seal of credibility to the use of urgent care centers across medical facilities. In a complicated mix of healthcare services, patients in need of urgent medical aid need to be assured of quick-responses from healthcare centers. Therefore, urgent care centers have emerged as a means to provide premium services within healthcare. Investments towards developing a robust healthcare infrastructure have played a key role in driving market demand.

  • Urgent care centers support emergency departments of hospitals and healthcare centers. Several medical experts believe that certain types of injuries require urgent medical attention, but are less severe in nature so to be treated at emergency wards. Therefore, urgent care centers act as the outer layer of the emergency ward that deliver required assistance to patients with minor injuries. Furthermore, urgent care centers are walk-in clinics, and do not require any pre-treatment formalities. This further adds to the value of these units for patients affected by injuries or abrupt pain.
  • In the contemporary time, urgent care centers are solving several problems pertaining to healthcare and emergency treatments. Use of digital technologies to record patient information has helped in providing medical care. Patients who subscribe to urgent care center services can be identified via digital technologies, eliminating the need for paperwork.
  • This ensures timeless care delivery and provision of medical aid. Furthermore, urgent care centers can also be used for emergency treatments when the emergency wards are occupied or non-functional. Henceforth, the global urgent care centers market is set to clock in substantial revenues in the times to follow.

As per the Urgent Care Association of America, there are approximately 7,100 urgent care centers in the U.S. alone. The high unmet need in the states in the U.S. where there is a low penetration of urgent care centers will present new opportunities to key players. In addition, the availability of economical medical care facilities provided globally is amongst the key drivers fuelling the global urgent care centers market. 

The study provides an in-depth analysis on the urgent care centers market and presents information including classification, applications, industry chain structure, and definition of the market. Moving further, an evaluation has also been presented on the prime development trends, major players, and expansion of this market in major regions. To provide a thorough understanding of the market for urgent care centers, the tables in this study are categorized on the basis of application, product, revenue generated, and geography.

The study presents a forecast for the six-year period from 2014 to 2020. The report provides an analysis on the market in terms of both volume and revenue. Moving next, the key market dynamics including the opportunities, drivers, challenges, restraints, and trends have also been elaborated upon under this report. SWOT analysis has been provided on the major players operating in the market. The structure of this market and the chief projections in forthcoming years are also highlighted in this report. 

Overview of the Urgent Care Centers Market

Urgent care centers are a type of a walk-in clinics providing ambulatory care services in a dedicated medical facility, outside of a traditional emergency room. These centers primarily treat injuries and illnesses requiring immediate medical care, although these kinds of illnesses often do not merit an ER visit. Urgent care centers comprise unique technologies and present adequate procedures for the swift recovery of patients. These centers also bring about ease of access to their patients and present an economical and convenient healthcare experience.

The report states that the rising geriatric population globally and the increasing investments in the urgent care centers market are amongst the chief factors fuelling the growth of the market. Furthermore, factors such as the appointment flexibility and the reduced waiting time in urgent care centers have raised their demand immensely amongst patients, impacting the market positively. However, the dearth of qualified physicians and the soaring costs related to the establishment of these centers may pose a negative impact on the growth of the market in forthcoming years.

On the basis of service, the report segments the market for urgent care centers into injury, illness, vaccination, physical, screening, and diagnostic. Amongst these, the segment of illnesses exhibited the largest share on the basis of revenue in 2014 and was trailed by the segment of injuries.

In terms of geography, the market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). Amongst these, the region of North America held the largest share in the market in 2014. This region was followed by Europe, which took  the second-largest share in the market. The rising preference for economical medical care facilities and the increasing demand for walk-in health services are responsible for the dominance of the regional urgent care centers market in North America.

Key Players in the Urgent Care Centers Market

The prominent players dominant in the market are CareSpot Express Healthcare LLC, AFC/Doctors Express, Concentra Inc., MD Now, FastMed Urgent Care, MinuteClinic LLC, NextCare Urgent Care, MedExpress, U.S. HealthWorks Inc., and Patient First, among others.

Major geographies analyzed under this research report are:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

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  • Market growth drivers
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends
  • Market structure
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  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth
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