Demand is up in Delaware at the state’s urgent care centers.
These have been around for more than 30 years but these days they are getting a lot of patronage from patients, who cannot get care for less serious problems or who just don’t want to wait.
Laurie Cox, office manager for Go-Care Medical Aid Unit at Abby Medical Center in Stanton, told the Wilmington News Journal that it is a convenience that people want.
It comes at a time when emergency rooms across the country are seeing record numbers of patients.
Around 11 percent of the state’s population is without health insurance and pay $150 for a trip to a walk-in clinic.
That’s around a third of a visit to the emergency room.
And, the News Journal says more people are expected to show up as more of them get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Nationally, there are around 9-thousand urgent care clinics with around 300 added each year.