MedExpress, which falls under the umbrella of UnitedHealthGroup’s Optum healthcare business, is planning to launch 12 new urgent care centers in Texas in the near future, with the first three expected to open between now and October. As recently as December 2017, it had just two in the entire state. The move is part of an expansive plan to increase UnitedHealthGroup’s healthcare holdings across the country. The company’s management has acknowledged a long-term goal for Optum to provide care in 75 markets that would equate to serving 60% of the U.S. population. Optum already operates a pharmaceutical benefits management division, along with a business for health care IT, data, and consulting. UnitedHealthGroup itself is the largest insurer in the U.S. The aggressive growth plans in the Lone Star State will more than double the number of MedExpress urgent care centers there.
MedExpress Plans to Go Big in Texas