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These data from the 2010 Urgent Care Benchmarking Survey are based on responses of 1,691 US urgent care centers; 32% were UCAOA members. The survey was limited to “full-fledged urgent care centers” accepting walk-ins during all hours of operation; having a licensed provider and x-ray and lab equipment onsite; the ability to administer IV fluids and perform minor procedures; and having minimal business hours of seven days per week, four hours per day.
In this issue: What employee benefits are physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners receiving in your center?
The 2010 question specified full-time employed physicians. Questions were also asked about benefits coverage for independent contractors who were physicians and centers almost unanimously do not provide coverage for these types of workers, as would be expected.

Full-Time Physician Benefits
Benefit 2008 % that provided 2010 % that provided (13.6% of centers reported no full-time physicians on staff)
Health Insurance 68.7 72.4
Retirement Plan 52.9 59.2
Malpractice Insurance 84.5 77.6
Life Insurance n/a 48.0
Short-term Disability n/a 35.7
Long-term Disability n/a 32.7
Vision Care n/a 39.8
Dental Care n/a 46.9
Continuing Medical Education 6.0 59.2
State Licensure Fee 59.5 53.1
Profit Sharing n/a 22.4
No Benefits 10.9 9.2


Full-Time Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Benefits
Benefit Physician Assistants (37.84% reported no full-time Pas on staff) Nurse Practitioners (51.72% of centers reported no full-time NPs on staff)
Health Insurance 31.3 27.1
Retirement Plan 24.0 22.9
Malpractice Insurance 39.6 33.3
Life Insurance 22.9 17.7
Short-term Disability 16.7 12.5
Long-term Disability 13.5 13.5
Vision Care 18.8 16.7
Dental Care 24.0 18.8
Continuing Medical Education 34.4 26.0
State Licensure Fee 32.3 24.0
Profit Sharing 7.3 5.2
No Benefits 12.5 12.5

Acknowledgement: The 2010 Urgent Care Benchmarking Study was funded by the Urgent Care Association of America and administered by Professional Research Associates, based in Omaha, NE. The full 40-page report can be purchased at

Developing Data: November, 2012