GVR Report cover U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Acute Respiratory Infection, Injuries, Joint/Soft Tissue Issues), By Ownership, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-655-4
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The U.S. urgent care centers market size was valued at USD 56.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.99% from 2023 to 2030. The growth can be attributed to the delivery of rapid services and short wait times compared to primary care physicians (PCPs). As per the Urgent Care Association (UCA), it took one hour less for around 97% of patients to meet providers or medical practitioners in Urgent Care Centers (UCCs), which is significantly low compared to PCPs. Moreover, around 98% of urgent care patients are in the appropriate room for care and around 2% are in emergency settings.

U.S. urgent care centers market size, by application, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The rise in the number of UCCs in the U.S. has provided various benefits to healthcare professionals and patients. A major shift from conventional hospitals or clinics to UCCs has been observed in the country in recent years. Various factors such as affordability, transparency, and efficiency in health delivery are significantly fueling market growth. Patients receive immediate care and treatment at these centers, as they are easy to access, which is expected to drive the demand for UCCs across the country.

The number of UCCs has significantly increased in the past few years owing to the rising patient demand for rapid and affordable health services. According to the UCA, in the U.S., the number of UCCs increased to 9,279 in 2019 from 8,774 in 2018. As per UCA, 400-500 new UCCs are opened in the U.S. every year. In 2019, Hawaii reported the highest percentage usage of these facilities followed by Virginia, New Mexico, Maryland, and Louisiana. Washington, DC, Iowa, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Alaska reported the lowest percentage usage of these facilities.

The average cost of treatment at UCCs is much lower compared to the PCPs, which is majorly contributing to the increase in the patient influx at these facilities. It treats similar conditions for which patients tend to visit PCPs. The average cost of treatment at these facilities without insurance ranges from USD 80 to USD 280 for acute treatment and around USD 140 to USD 440 for more advanced treatment. The average cost of PCPs without insurance range from USD 300 to USD 600 which is considerably higher compared to UCCs.

COVID-19 U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Impact: 16.4% growth from 2021 to 2022

Pandemic Impact

Post COVID Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted positively the market owing to the increase in patient visits for testing and treatment. More than 50% of the visits to these facilities were COVID related in 2020. According to National Health Law Program and Community Catalyst report, around 725,000 COVID-19 tests were performed per week at UCCs in late October 2020, which accounted for almost 10% of the total testing in the U.S.

Post-pandemic patient volume decreased in these facilities as the increase in patient influx was seen for the COVID-19 testing. However, the demand for these facilities is expected to be greater compared to pre-pandemic times.

The centers have also taken additional measures such as incorporating telemedicine to restore the patient volume for other conditions. For instance, in April 2020, a software program provider for UCCs called Experity launched an application that offers telemedicine services to centers.

The launch of virtual care platforms and the expansion of UCCs across the country are expected to maintain the patient influx towards the facilities with at-home virtual consultations.

 

Telehealth adoption has developed a huge demand for these facilities in the U.S. as it reduces the cost of treatment and generates more revenue per provider. As per the American Medical Association, around 70% of PCPs visits and around 40% of ED visits are unnecessary. These visits could be effectively handled by UCCs through telemedicine consultations. As per the Fair Health report, Texas ranked first for telehealth usage in 2019 owing to the telehealth-related legislation passed in 2018 and 2019.

Application Insights

Based on application, the U.S. urgent care centers market is bifurcated into acute respiratory infection, influenza pneumonia, general symptoms, joint/soft tissue issues, injuries, digestive system issues, ear infections, skin infections, strains, sprains, and fractures, diseases of the respiratory tract, urinary tract infections, and others.

The acute respiratory infection segment dominated the market in 2022 with 28% market share and is expected to continue leading during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rising demand for these categories owing to the growing prevalence of respiratory conditions. As per A FAIR Health White Paper published in March 2021, among all diagnostics categories, acute respiratory diseases and infections were the most common diagnostics category, accounting for around 32% of the total claim line distribution in these facilities based on diagnostic category.

Influenza and pneumonia segment is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the longer flu sessions in 2022. According to the NCHS mortality surveillance data, pneumonia, influenza, and/or COVID-19 (PIC) contributed to 9.2% of the total deaths that occurred during September 10, 2022, ending the week (week 36).

The general symptoms segment is expected to witness lucrative growth during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the growing awareness regarding diagnosis and treatment for general signs and symptoms owing to the fear of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As per A FAIR Health White Paper published in March 2021, among all diagnostics categories, general symptoms accounted for around 4% of the total claim line distribution in urgent care centers based on diagnostic category.

Ownership Insights

Based on ownership, the market is bifurcated into hospitals, physicians, corporations, and others. The hospital-owned segment held the largest share of 40% in 2022 and is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 11.38% during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the growing interest of healthcare systems such as HCA, Aurora Health, Carolinas Healthcare, Dignity Health, and others; to provide accessible care at an affordable price. For instance, in January 2022, HCA Healthcare acquired MD Now Urgent Care from private-equity firm Brentwood Associates.

The physicians-ownership segment has reported a decline in growth in the past few years. The decline in growth can be attributed to the increased regulatory and administrative burdens and decreasing reimbursement for these facilities. These physicians are selling their facilities to private equity firms, investors, insurance companies, hospitals, and joint ventures as a part of their exit strategy.

U.S. urgent care centers market share, by ownership, 2022 (%)

With the decline in the number of physician-owned centers, the market share of corporation-owned centers has increased in recent years. PE firms and insurers are the major investors in the corporation-owned centers. These firms are implementing strategies to reduce operating costs by appointing nurse practitioners & physician assistants, negotiating with vendors & suppliers, and outsourcing technology services. Thus, allowing them to offer consistent and affordable services across the UCCs.

A new trend emerging in the market is the hybrid/dual model of emergency care and urgent care. The hybrid/dual model operates as urgent care and emergency room under one roof wherein the type of care is determined by factors such as the severity of the injury and type of treatment. The key benefit of this model is patients are billed according to the care received and can save on higher bills of emergency care for non-emergent treatment. Companies such as Intuitive Health are operating multiple dual ER & urgent care centers across the country.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The companies are adopting various strategies, including the launch of advanced services and geographic expansion. Several facilities are offering specialized services to a specific cohort. For instance, in November 2020, Texas Health Recourses launched Texas Health Breeze Urgent Care, which provides personalized care at affordable pricing. Some prominent players in the U.S. urgent care centers market include:

  • Concentra, Inc.,

  • American Family Care

  • CityMD Urgent Care

  • MedExpress Urgent Care

  • NextCare Urgent Care

  • Tenet Health Urgent Care

  • FastMed Urgent Care

  • Ascension Health Urgent Care

  • Aurora Urgent Care

  • WellNow Urgent Care

  • Sutter Health

  • Intuitive Health

U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 135.6 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 10.99% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation

2022

Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Application, ownership

Country scope

U.S.

Key companies profiled

Concentra, Inc.; American Family Care; CityMD Urgent Care; MedExpress Urgent Care; NextCare Urgent Care; Tenet Health Urgent Care; FastMed Urgent Care; Ascension Health Urgent Care; WellNow Urgent Care; Sutter Health; Aurora Urgent Care; Intuitive Health

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U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at country levels and provides an analysis on the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. urgent care centers market report on the basis of application, and ownership:

U.S. Urgent Care Centers Market Segmentation

  • U.S. Urgent Care Centers Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Acute respiratory infection

    • General Symptoms

    • Injuries

    • Joint/Soft Tissue Issues

    • Digestive System Issues

    • Skin Infections

    • Urinary Tract Infections

    • Ear Infections

    • Sprains, Strains, and Fracture

    • Influenza Pneumonia

    • Disease of Respiratory Tract

    • Others

  • U.S. Urgent Care Centers Ownership Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospital

    • Corporation

    • Physicians

    • Others

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